How do you ship a chick?


In the Brooder
11 Years
Jul 3, 2008
Lexington Indiana
Has anyone shipped chicks? I have gotten them from large hatcheries, but never shipped out any. I have had so many people ask me to ship, but I wouldn't have a clue how to do it.
Anyone know???


Sussex Monarch
11 Years
Mar 27, 2008
you need box like these[email protected]/PetPort_Containers-Baby_Chick_Boxes_1.html

3.0 Live Animals

3.1 Day-Old Poultry

Day-old poultry vaccinated with Newcastle disease (live virus) is non-mailable. Live day-old chickens, ducks, geese, partridges, pheasants (mailable only from April through August), guinea fowl, quail and turkeys are acceptable in the mail only if:

a. They are not more than 24 hours old and are presented for mailing in the original unopened hatchery box from the hatchery of origin.

b. The date and hour of hatching is noted on the box by a representative of the hatchery who has personal knowledge thereof. For COD shipments made by a hatchery for the account of others, the name or initials and address of the hatchery must be prominantly shown for this standard.

c. The box is properly ventilated, of proper construction and strength to bear safe transmission in the mail, and not stacked more than 10 units high.

d. They are mailed early enough in the week to avoid receipt at the post office of address, in case of missed connections, on a Sunday, on a national holiday, or on the afternoon before a Sunday or holiday.

e. They can be delivered to the addressee within 72 hours of the time of hatching, whether the addressee resides in town or on a rural route or highway contract route.

f. (01-10-99) The shipment bears special handing postage in addition to regular postage, unless sent at the first class mail or priority mail rate.

g. If live day-old poultry is to be transported by aircraft, all provisions of the airline tariffs are met and air carriers have equipment available to safely deliver shipments within the specified time limits, allowing for delays enroute in air and ground transportation.

h. Day-old poultry, originally shipped by air express or air cargo and then presented for mailing, must be in first-class condition and prepared as specified in 3.1a through 3.1e.

i. Boxes of day-old poultry of about the identical size securely fastened together to prevent seperation in transit, may be accepted for mailing as a single parcel, if such parcel is not more than 100 inches in length and girth combined.


11 Years
Aug 9, 2008
From what I understand you cannot ship a chick, it will die in transit.

Somewhere I read that the hatcheries ship no less than 25 because they keep each other warm, hence the above understanding I have about shipping them.

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