I finally found a post office near me that will ship chickens. I have someone that wants several of my birds. This is my first time shipping. I will be shipping three standard hens and one standard rooster. I have one large shipping box and one smaller one. My question is how big does the box have to be to ship them. The big box would be a really tight fit for all four, but would fit all of them in there. I thought about putting all the hens in the same box and putting the rooster in the smaller one. I was also told that is I taped the boxes that the post office would look at them as one. Is this true even if the boxes are different sizes? I was told to put paper in the bottom of the box with apple pieces. Is this the best thing to do or is there something else that is better? I would love any advise I can get.