Shipping regulations for chicks that are 2 weeks old. Please respond


In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 16, 2009
I am in a disput in paypal because I ordered light sussex fertilized eggs and hatched out black mutt chickens. These people purposely defrauded me. Paypal says I can get a refund if I send the chicks back. I have two claims with the same person. So now they want me to send two baby chicks back in a box. They will be dead!!!!!! They don't understand you need to ship 25 in a box and they need to have just hatched. They don't understand they need a special box and the post office, fed ex or ups don't carry them. Paypal says I can also send a letter from one of these places stating that they can't ship them and the reasons why. But they don't know why. They just know that I can't put two chicks in a box and mail it. I can't ship them back and i can't get a letter. Does anyone know where there are any guidelines on how to ship chicks. I am so sick on dishonest people winning. These people only responded to one of my claims because I am sure they are waiting to see if I find a way to ship them. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
I'm so sorry, I wish I could help

The post office does have regulations that baby chicks must be shipped within 24 hours and the hatch date must be provided at time of shipment. Find that on their web site..should help.

eta - found it for you.

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
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.​
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