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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by joegoatman, Feb 7, 2009.
Can I have pullets (5) shipped via UPS or FedEX?
It's always risky shipping chickens over one day old- and even that is risky for the chicks, that's why they add extras as "packing peanuts".
You don't say where you are- but just about anywhere, you can find chickens locally, or not too far away.
Yes. There are special boxes made by horizon with vents covered with surgical stuff for a bio-secure environment for the birds. They go Express and be sure to include slices of apple or cucumber in the event something goes wrong, and they're delayed.
I Have also seen a gel specially made for shipping. It is blue and looks like Klingon food, but seems like a great thing. Includes electrolytes, too. I believe. Check chiken supply places. Good luck!
My first 6 were shipped as 17 week old started pullets. They were fine when they arrived. I believe that after being dropped off at the post office wherever they originate, they get transferred to FedEx for overnight shipping to the destination city -- at which point they may or may not be delivered to your local post office. There are times, even with day old chicks, that you have to drive a little farther to pick them up.
It may also be possible to take them directly to FedEx, but I'm not sure they're set up to be responsible for the birds at the destination point.
USPS is the only carrier left , (thought the last time I checked that was last year) that will carry livestock. The bird must be in an approved box and it must be shipped next day air. However, there are some post offices that refuse to accept birds (how they get away with this I dont know but they do).
If you find that FEDEX is once again accepting birds please let me know. I have a breeder I would love to get chicks from but their local post office refuses to ship livestock now.
USPS is the only way to ship live birds, however, Fed Ex is their carrier. Fed Ex will not accept lives though unless it is through the USPS.
And, yes, they have to be in an approved box.
I just had 4 hens and a roo sent to me all the way from Washington state (I live in Ga.). They were delayed so the apple slices or the green starter gel is a good idea. They do have to be in a special transport box. Always ship them express and get a tracking number from the P.O. also you want to get phones numbers along with the shipping info from the buyer so the P.O. can call the buyer when they arrive. This website answered a couple of my questions. Hope it helps