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Looking for advice on shipping older chicks.

Discussion in 'Buy Sell Auction - Archives' started by mudhen, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    I have 7 or 8 almost 2 week old chicks that were included for warmth when I received my chicks earlier last week.
    I posted them here (in this section) to give away, hopefully to someone in the area, but only one person indicated interest. I have told them that if I don't find someone closer, I will be driving by their area ( 5 hours +) in late May and hand them over then. Obviously this is the least expensive way to go.
    But it was my hope to have the boys out of here before then, so I want to know if it is possible to ship (FEDEX, UPS, USPS) overnight...(when it absolutely, possitively, has to be there....)

    Has anyone done this successfully? Is it possible to overnight ship older chicks and have them arrive safely? Opinions?
     
  2. nikkimay

    nikkimay Out Of The Brooder

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    shipping is very hard on live animals and i would strongly recommend against it.
     
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    I just received a 1 yr old Polish in the mail.....from Nevada to Indiana. Took 2 days. He got here in great health, and was even crowing when i got to the post office.[​IMG] Just ask your local post office...there are certain boxes you need.
     
  4. arwmommy

    arwmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My understanding is that ONLY the USPS will ship live animals.........
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yes, the USPS will ship lives, although within certain limits. You can read all of the rules on their web site. Baby chicks must be shipped within 24 hours of hatch to arrive safely at their destination. At 2 weeks old, they are outside that range. Now they also allow for shipping started and adult fowl, however I'm not sure of where the cut offs are. In my opinion, started is between 6-8 weeks or fully feathered - 2 weeks is just too young for shipping. They require supplmental heat and constant feed/water. I don't think they would make it the 2 day trip, if it would last that long - not enough in reserves at that age.

    Jody
     
  6. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    That's what I thought. I won't do that to these little guys. Guess I'm stuck with the little fuzzbutts until late May! [​IMG]
    Thanks for your thoughts everyone!
     

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