Shipping 1 1/2 week old chicks HELP

Discussion in 'Buy Sell Auction - Archives' started by ladywolfe, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. ladywolfe

    ladywolfe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2008
    Shipping chicks out on Mon. and was told it will take 2 days for delivery, even though i requested overnight the post office said give it about 2 days. Is there anything i can put in box that they can eat off of til they reach their new home?

  2. gwennym

    gwennym Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Edwardsville, IL
    I've read that pieces of sliced apple are great for that -- you can also Google "shipping live poultry" for other suggestions.

  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    You should not ship chicks at that age. You ship day old only birds or birds that are fully feathered around 8-10 weeks and older.

    It is against postal regulations to ship them at that age. You could probably expect them all to be dead when they arrive.

    ETA Postal regulations:

    9.3.2 Day-Old Poultry
    Day-old poultry vaccinated with Newcastle disease (live virus) is nonmailable. Live day-old chickens, ducks, emus, geese, guinea fowl, partridges, pheasants (pheasants may be mailed only from April through August), quail, and turkeys are acceptable in the mail only if:

    a. They are not more than 24 hours old and are presented for mailing in the original unopened hatchery box from the hatchery of origin.

    b. The date and hour of hatching is noted on the box by a representative of the hatchery who has personal knowledge thereof. (For COD shipments made by a hatchery for the account of others, the name or initials and address of the hatchery or the Post Office box number and address of the hatchery must be prominently shown for this standard.)

    c. The box is properly ventilated, of proper construction and strength to bear safe transmission in the mail, and not stacked more than 10 units high.

    d. They are mailed early enough in the week to avoid receipt at the office of address, in case of missed connections, on a Sunday, on a national holiday, or on the afternoon before a Sunday or holiday.

    e. They can be delivered to the addressee within 72 hours of the time of hatching, whether the addressee resides in town or on a rural route or highway contract route.

    f. The shipment bears special handling postage in addition to regular postage, unless sent at the First-Class Mail or Priority Mail prices.

    g. When live, day-old poultry is to be transported by aircraft, all provisions of the airline tariffs are met and air carriers have equipment available to safely deliver shipments within the specified time limits, allowing for delays en route in air and ground transportation.

    h. Day-old poultry, originally shipped by air express or air cargo and then presented for mailing, must be in good condition and prepared as specified in 9.3.2a. through 9.3.2e.

    i. Boxes of day-old poultry of about identical size, securely fastened together to prevent separation in transit, may be accepted for mailing as a single parcel, if such parcel is not more than 100 inches in length and girth combined.

    9.3.4 Adult Fowl
    [9-8-09] Disease-free adult fowl may be mailed domestically when shipped under applicable law in accordance with 1.7. Adult chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, doves, pigeons, pheasants, partridges, and quail as well as ducks, geese, and swans are mailable as follows:

    a. The mailer must send adult fowl by Express Mail in secure containers approved by the manager of Mailing Standards (see 608.8.0 for address).

    b. The number of birds per parcel must follow the container manufacturer limits and each bird must weigh more than 6 ounces.
    c. Indemnity may be paid only for loss, damage, or rifling, and not for death of the birds in transit if there is no visible damage to the mailing container.

    d. Postage refunds may not be available if the Express Mail shipment was delivered or delivery was attempted within three days of the date of mailing as shown in the "Date In" box on Label 11.​
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2009
  4. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Jean, could we have a sticky on this info? I am seeing all sorts of posts from folks sending chicks and . . . you know the rest.

  5. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2009
    you are taking a chance shipping at that age....they are not big enough to go without food or water for 2 days. Some people or lucky, but most do die in shippment. I would wait at least 6-7 weeks to ship them and you can open a can of corn to put in the box or pieces of apple etc.....
  6. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Quote:I think a moderator has to make a sticky. [​IMG]

    ETA: The USPS has also changed their refund rules on express lives. They will no longer give refunds on birds that do not make it overnight or next by ?:?? because of the amount of birds that have been getting bumped because of shipments containing dry ice. They will only give a refund after the third day now. They will still be getting the birds where they need to go like they always have, but there will probably be no more refunds.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2009
  7. Laurieks

    Laurieks Where did the time go???

    Aug 14, 2009
    Sonoma County, CA
    I hate having to pay ~4x more for Express when they don't get here any faster than Priority. But... they can take 3 whole days if they want with priority. [​IMG]

    As for food, I like the apple, pear, asian pear (my birds & goats LOVE those) with a wedge taken out of it (or a bite) so it doesn't get messy. I suppose you could wire it to the side of the box so it wouldn't roll around.
    Wet food can soak the cardboard box, which eventually might give way. [​IMG] Considering the cost of the 4 stall box I just got, I hope to reuse it or sell it. It is a beauty and worth the price, but add priority shipping (he said too many got lost when sent parcel post) and it doubles the price for just one box.
  8. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Don't ship them at that age. Other members on BYC have tried shipping young birds, (younger than 6 weeks) gave them plenty to eat, and still had them die in transit. Please don't take the risk!

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