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Shipping Day Old Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Franzen Farms, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Franzen Farms

    Franzen Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1. I was thinking about getting into shipping day old Pheasants or Turkeys maybe this spring and I am looking for any suggestions from people who have shipped before. I have looked up the requirements from the usps.com and I was wondering if I could use there flat rate boxes. I went to the post office and asked the lady behind the counter and she didn't know, she took my name and # and would have her boss call me back. Here is the requirements that they have on there web site


    526.3 Live, Day–Old Poultry

    526.31 General

    The following live, day–old animals are acceptable for mailing when properly packaged: chickens, ducks, emus, geese, guinea fowl, partridges, pheasants (only during April through August), quail, and turkeys. All other types of live, day–old poultry are nonmailable. Day–old poultry vaccinated with Newcastle disease (live virus) also is nonmailable.
    526.32 Mailability Requirements

    The specific types of day–old poultry named in 526.31 and DMM 601.9.3.2 are mailable subject to the following requirements:
    1. Poultry that is not more than 24 hours old and is presented for mailing in the original, unopened hatchery box from the hatchery of origin.
    2. Date and hour of hatching is noted on the box.
    3. Box is properly ventilated, of proper construction and strength to bear safe transport in the mail, and is not stacked more than 10 units high.
    4. Day–old poultry is mailed early enough in the week to avoid receipt at the office of address (in case of missed connections) on a Sunday, a national holiday, or the afternoon before a Sunday or national holiday.
    5. Day–old poultry can be delivered to the addressee within 72 hours of the time of hatching.
    6. If day–old poultry is sent at a Parcel Post rate, special handling postage must also be paid.
    7. If day–old poultry is sent via air transportation (i.e., Express Mail, Priority Mail, or First–Class Mail), all provisions of the airlines must be met. Delivery of the mailpiece is dependent on the availability of air carriers having available equipment to safely deliver the day–old poultry within the specified time limit.
    8. Day–old poultry that is first shipped via a commercial air express or air cargo service and then presented for mailing to a final destination must be in good condition and properly packaged as specified in 526.32a-e.
    9. 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, provided the total length and girth combined does not exceed Postal Service limits.


    Here is what I was thinking, Do you think it is a good idea or bad? Nothing say I can't use the usps flat rate box in there web site, going this route the box would be free and the shipping rates would be the same no matter where I ship it and I can add more holes for hot weather and less if it is a little cool. Box is 12"x12"x8"h with 1/2" holes should fit 25 Pheasant chicks or 15 Turkey chicks.

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  2. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

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    I believe the box needs to be a USPS approved poultry box. There are websites that sell them.
     
  3. Franzen Farms

    Franzen Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I talked to the post master and the 1-800 customer service for the usps and they both replied that there is nothing saying that I can't use the flat rate box that way it is just like they advertise "if it fits it ships". The only thing they both replied is to make sure the box is properly ventilated and labeled. One good point she brought up that I need to look into is that it might be cheaper for me to get a poultry box for around $3.00 and ship it due to the weight is so light. The flat rate box costs $15.45 to ship anywhere does anyone know what the average cost of shipping the 25 chick box is?
     
  4. foothillsfiber

    foothillsfiber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just look at the size of the poultry boxes for 25 chicks. they aren't very big and maybe you could use a smaller flat rate box or the regional a or b priority mail boxes. They would ship as to the weight of the package thus making the cost cheaper.
     
  5. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    You would not want to use that box to ship chicks. that box is MUCH to tall. The chicks would bounce around all over each other. I would recommend using a poultry box. You factor that into the price of shipping the chicks. Here is an Example

    http://www.cutlersupply.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7_101&products_id=661

    They sell
    10 boxes that fits 25 day old chicks for $17
    25 for $40
    100 for $145

    If shipping costs $15 to ship day old chicks than you could ad $2-$4 for the cost of the box making the shipping cost $17-19. They are not very expensive and it is also designed for day old poultry. This spring i might start selling day old poultry through USPS but i'm but sure. If I do I will for sure use boxes that are designed to shipping chicks.

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    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012
  6. foothillsfiber

    foothillsfiber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That box is 12x10x7 and the priority regional box b is 12x10x5 a little shorter and they are free. just another option
     

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