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shipping chicks

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Country Living Farm, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
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    I am new to shipping chicks and I am still waiting to ship the first batch. Understanding the rules, has anyone ever shipped chicks that were not within 24 hours old Priority mail and not the express? I am not talking about 2 month old chicks but maybe chicks that are within 1 week old? Just curious

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  2. scooldog

    scooldog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can tell you I have received chicks that were a week old and they were perfect...all 25 of them! The seller used grow gel and that seemed to do the trick! Sure hope you can send them....
     
  3. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    If they are older than a day old, they will need to be shipped Express.
     
  4. E.M. Silkies

    E.M. Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the difference in shipping priority or express?
     
  5. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Express has a next day delivery or sometimes a 2-day delivery. Priority from a private seller normally takes 3 days or longer. Since they are over a few days old they will run the risk of being weak or dead upon arrival if they are sent via Priority.
     
  6. E.M. Silkies

    E.M. Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So can anyone send birds express? What's difference in shipping costs?
     
  7. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Yes, but it is preferred if the person sending the birds is NPIP certified. Some states require that the shipper (seller) be NPIP. You can probably look up that information on the USDA website. Express is more expensive, but it goes by weight. For chicks, it is not that much more than Priority. You can get a comparison of prices by going to www.usps.com, typing in your zipcode and the seller/buyer zipcode, weight, and shipping method and get a quote. Generally, the further they have to go and the more they weight the more it costs.
     
  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    The reason that chicks are shipped immediately after hatch is because the yolk sac is still attached and can feed them for up to 72 hours. That being said, if you ship chicks that are older than that you will need to have a water source in the box and possibly heat source. Watermelon, grapes and apples are all good water sources. They make heat packs if you are in a climate that is already cold. Here heat would not be an issue [​IMG]
     
  9. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Priority is 3 days, express is supposedly overnight.
     

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