I need some advice on shipping both adult Muscovy ducks and ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by carolanncos, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. carolanncos

    carolanncos Hatching

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    We are inundated with ducklings right now and I posted some online for sale. I have some requests to ship both day old ducklings and a few adult females out of state. Any advice as to the most successful way of doing this? USPS, UPS, FEDEX? Where do I get the appropriate boxes for shipping? How long can they be without water this time of year?
    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    @WVduckchick i believe has shipped both hopefully she can help. Only USPS ships
     
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  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    Only poultry under 24 hours can be shipped till fully grown and only by the post office.
    Approved shipping boxes are expensive and to the best of my knowledge only Horizon and Featherex sell them.
    Is your flock NPIP? It must be NPIP in order to sell.
    Your NPIP number must be on the box and the completed VS Form 9-2 must be in the box.
     
  4. carolanncos

    carolanncos Hatching

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    What is NPIP?
     
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  5. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    I’ve never shipped ducks, just adult chickens.
    I prefer the Horizon live bird boxes, but there are other makers. Check out Horizons website for sizes, but i got mine thru eBay for better price.

    The post office shipping is Express Priority only, so they can usually get cross country in just a couple days. It’s expensive though.

    For little ones, they make something called grow-gel that can go in the box and not make a mess, they can nibble on it. For adults, they suggest apple slices, orange slices, etc for the moisture without adding water and soaking the box. But adults can go a few days and be fine. I’ve never gotten any shipped to me, so you may read up on how some of the hatchery sites explain how they ship. Also read on the Usps website, there are some specific regulations.
     
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  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    National Poultry Improvement Program. It is a national program administered by states so you need to contact your state's NPIP office to get particulars on your requirements.
     
  7. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    I wouldn’t suggest breaking the law, but I was not NPIP at the time and they didn’t even ask me for any of that. :oops:
     
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  8. carolanncos

    carolanncos Hatching

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    I just looked it up online. No. they are not NPIP. I just have dozens of ducklings that I must find homes for. Any suggestions?
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    Note that the is an outbreak of Newcastle in California right now and the post office announced this:

    "Attention: The United States Postal Service (USPS) is not allowing shipments of live birds (all) or hatching/embryonated eggs into or out of zip codes 90000-93599 in California. For more information: https://postalpro.usps.com/node/6643"
     
  10. casportpony

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    Reduce your price and sell at least ten at a time.
     

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