How to ship

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by birdboy15, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. birdboy15

    birdboy15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2010
    Falmouth, Michigan
    I am getting calls or emails every other day for people wanting pheasants in other states, but I dont know how to ship my birds.
  2. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    I have never shipped birds.
    But I have recibed birds.

    and is very expensive for the buyer
    since live birds will need to be shipped express

    shipping cost more than the actual birds

    make sure you tell this to your customers

    plus they have to pay for the special box.
  3. philter4

    philter4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2011
    Placerville CA
    Quote:There are a couple of ways to ship live birds, they are both pretty reliable and cost is not too expensive but that is a relative term. The two ways I use are USPS express mail which costs about $45-60 per pair and you have to have an approved shipping container. There are several types of containers the most common is a bird shipping box, contact your local post office or bird supplier to find out where to buy them. They cost about $15 each so remember to add them to the cost when you quote a price.

    The other way is to become a known shipper for the airlines. You have to be a known shipper for every airline you want to use, I am for Southwest, Hawaiian, and Delta, but not the others. Air freight has it's own boxing and packing rules and it may not be the same for every airline so check and follow their guidelines. Air freight costs a little more, usually starting around $80 per shipment but they get the birds quicker, sometimes the same day.

    There are other things to consider when shipping birds, you have to prepare them to be shipped, I usually confine them for a week or two in a small cage or pen and feed and water them heavily before shipping because they will not get fed or watered in transit. Also you have to know the laws of taking certain birds across state lines, there are some restrictions especially for "native" pheasants (there are no true pheasants native to the western continents) such as ringnecks. Some states also don't allow the keeping of native birds, for instance even though a ringneck pheasant is not native to North America (they are originally from China and were brought over in the 1800's by the Chinese immigrants) wild type ringnecks are regulated in some states but most other pheasants are not. You are responsible for knowing which states allow what and if you do something illegal you are the one who will pay the price, the person receiving the birds may also be liable but that does not effect you or any laws you break.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2011
  4. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    You can get approved shipping boxes at [email protected] use to have auctions on before they went down.
    In N.H.,Tony.
  5. birdboy15

    birdboy15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2010
    Falmouth, Michigan
    Thanks for the help.
    ps: I live in michigan so half the breeds of pheasants and partridge are regulated here.
  6. birdboy15

    birdboy15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2010
    Falmouth, Michigan
    how much would it cost to ship chicks?

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