How can I ship or fly with my hens interisland in Hawaii when I have to move?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Chicky Babies, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. Chicky Babies

    Chicky Babies Just Hatched

    Jun 1, 2014
    Hello everyone!

    I am looking at moving from Oahu to the Big Island in the next several months. I would like to take my hens with me and am trying to figure out how to do that.

    It looks like Hawaiian Airlines will not allow people to fly with them as a checked pet because they don't consider chickens as pets. "Household birds covers types of birds people keep as pets. Chickens, roosters, fighting chickens or any live poultry, including day-old chicks or hatching eggs, are NOT considered household birds and cannot be accepted for transport."

    So, if I used Hawaiian, I would have to ship them as Air Cargo, and the cheapest is $70 each. Ouch. rate contract.pdf?version=a2fe&sc_lang=en

    Island Air looks like they will ship chickens in the cargo area when you fly with them, maybe... $35 each.

    Has anyone had any experience with moving their flock? I have heard that USPS might do it, but if it ends up being super expensive, then I will probably take the ones I raised by hand and rehome the others, but I would rather not... I love them all! Also, if you have done it, I'd love to know how your chickens handled it... Were the shippers rough on them?

    Last edited: Mar 9, 2017
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I'm thinking USPS may be the best bet. It won't be 70 per bird. You can go online and give the origination and destination zip codes plus there is a place to enter that they are live birds and you can get a quote.

    You'll have to get approved bird shipping boxes. I think there are 2 companies that make them. Go on E-bay to find them. Horizon is one but there is a less expensive one.

    How many birds are you talking about?

    How about by boat? Don't people sail between the islands?
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2017
  3. Chicky Babies

    Chicky Babies Just Hatched

    Jun 1, 2014
    There are 7 hens, and they are all smallish bantams. I think there might be a couple ferries that exist, but none between Oahu and the Big Island. Most people fly to travel island to island.

    I'll look into shipping them through the mail... They get along well with each other, so I wouldn't be worried about shipping them together if that's possible. But it's starting to get warmer too, so I guess doing it sooner rather than later might be good if I can figure out how to do that. The post offices I'm familiar with have air conditioning, but I don't know about elsewhere... Many schools don't so I wouldn't be too confident that all the post offices do.
  4. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Read. You will learn something. Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    The state I live in...Texas..requires you to have a license in order to ship any birds...
    Does your state not required one?
  5. Chicky Babies

    Chicky Babies Just Hatched

    Jun 1, 2014
    If you wanted to import a bird (or any animal) into Hawaii, there are tons of regulations. However, I haven't seen anything about interisland bird or chicken travel... So while I am not sure, I haven't yet found something that says that I need a license. Is your license required for in-state shipping too?
  6. beachbumbecks

    beachbumbecks New Egg

    Jun 11, 2016
    Hi, I live on Oahu and have a pet rooster who has done a good bit of world travel. :) to the best of my knowledge there are no issues interisland - you just have to find an airline that will carry them. Good luck! I hope to move over too one day.,.
  7. iambebabeba

    iambebabeba Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2012
    I used USPS . I moved interisland and was able to mail my mature duck + drake,6 goslings and 15 chicks. There are limits to how many per box . I preordered my usps approved boxes from some online supplier . I payed about $150 (including the cost of boxes) . I sent 3 large usps approved bird boxes. They all made it to Big Island safely . Now I have a new generation of 23 marans x Bielefelder crosses and 5 Appleyard ducklings. Good luck on your move.

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