How long can adult chickens live in shipping box?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by robbdebbie, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. robbdebbie

    robbdebbie Professional Chicken Bather

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    My chickens were shipped Monday from Texas. As I said in my other post, we cannont find them anywhere. I am hoping they show up tomorrow. The shipper put apples and pears in the box with them. So, I guess my question is how many days do my chcikens have to live?
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  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I had some take 3 days to CA and they were just fine when they arrived. I am sure the fruit will help and hopefully they'll be there tomorrow.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I had some call ducks that took almost 5 days once to get to me....I thought I'd have dead ducks when they finally found them, but I didn't....they were just fine.
     
  4. robbdebbie

    robbdebbie Professional Chicken Bather

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    Thanks for the advice. I just hope they show up tomorrow. Unfortunatly they are lost in transit now. I almost wish that someone did steal them just so that they don't die.
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Did they ship them Express? I know the pkgs aren't always scanned, but those are usually scanned along the way and less likely to get 'lost'.
     
  6. robbdebbie

    robbdebbie Professional Chicken Bather

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    Yes, they were well on their way unti 4:15pm yesterday when they left the New Orleans post office. That is only 30 miles away from me. That truck only stops at two post offices, and the chickens are not at either one, or the New Orleans post office. So sad right now.
     
  7. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

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    I had some that shipped and due to my P.O. error, they got as far as Detroit, who decided they didn't ship live animals on weekends and they let them sit there over the weekend and then shipped them back to me on Monday!! They had been in the box for 5 days!! Thankfully they were still alive, I was shocked! I had put apple slices in there.
     
  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Had a quad of Hamburg Bantam from a breeder north of MI and it took them five days to get here. They all made it fine with all the extra apples they had and I still have one today.
     
  9. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

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    I am in the same situation as you are. Mine was shipped monday also from Maryland. I called every post office he was suppose to have passed through and "nobody" has seen him. The last time he was scanned was sept 22 at 2 am. More than 24 hours ago. I spoke to the bosses at every post office and a few employees. I guess they are post master generals. Beats me but they know nohting. I complained about items not getting scanned. I have had things get to their destination before they where scanned.

    I will start again in the morning. Starting with my post office and backwards this time. I bet he got sent someplace else besides this direction. She put lots of fruit in the box so i'm hoping he is fine. If he's stolen, I hope they take care of him.
     
  10. robbdebbie

    robbdebbie Professional Chicken Bather

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    When I bought an adult chicken and put him in a box he was so quiet. Didn't make a sound. So, I think that people don't realize the big boxes have chickens in them. My chicks are really loud, but I don't think the adults are loud at all. When my dh was at the New Orleans post office they said they have a specific place inside to keep the live animals. They didn't see my boxes there yesterday. So, this tells me that they are not being treated as live animals, or someone just missed seeing them where they were supposed to be. Maybe I should find a chirping chick and stick it in the box from now on ?
     

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