How to ship chicks?

Discussion in 'Buy Sell Auction - Archives' started by ZooMummzy, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this thread (if not, please move) but I need to know how to ship a 1-2 week old chick to someone. I have never done this and have not been able to find any step-by-step instructions. The chick would be shipped from Oregon to the east coast. I know overnight but how does a chick live through this process? Do I need special permits? Etc etc....any help or information would be appreciated.
     
  2. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    One 1-2 week old chick alone? I wouldn't bother. Doubtful it would make it. Not feathered out, alone so no companion for warmth. The chances of it living through the "process", IMO, is slim.

    JMO
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:I agree with asher.
     
  4. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A 6 to 8 week old individual perhaps, but not a baby. The body mass is not enough to maintain warmth. Shipping boxes are available here http://www.hm-e.net/
     
  5. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Thank you for your replies. Just had someone reply with the same response on the original post of me looking for a home for him. I appreciate everyone's help as always. I would be interested though in learning how the process works for shipping older chicks and full grown birds since I have never read up on it.
     
  6. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks, started chicks, and adult birds must be shipped in USPS approved boxes. Chicks can be shipped Priority Mail. All other lives must be shipped Express Mail. I put the link for the source of shipping boxes in a previous link. Here is my method for shipping lives that I posted on another thread.

    I have a routine I go through when shipping lives, even baby chicks. I admit that I am on a first name basis with all my local postal employees, so that makes it easier. I ship a lot of live birds , and I always try to do so on Tuesday. On Monday I call my PO and give them a list of the zip codes I'm shipping to. They call me back on Monday and tell me whether it will be a 1 or 2 day delivery time for the given zip codes. I then notify the buyers when they should expect their chicks or adult birds. On Tuesday I take the birds to the PO about an hour before the truck picks them up. When I get home with my Express Mail reciepts I once again notify the buyers of the birds/chicks with USPS tracking number so they can track the shipment. Sounds like a lot of work, but having gone through the era when lives could not be shipped via USPS, and everything but chicks were shipped Air Freight or Rail, it's a peice of cake.
     
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  7. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Thank you so very much for taking the time to give me all the information. I am definitely going to keep this thread link along with the link you gave me for boxes should I ever need to ship chicks or older birds. Like you, I know most of the employees at the post office because we are such a small town so it would probably be a smooth transaction. Thank you again! I really do appreciate all the help.
     

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