Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LuvDux, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. LuvDux

    LuvDux In the Brooder

    May 20, 2009
    ok I've never shipped a duck, or any animal, before. And I have some questions about it

    1. How do you ship them?
    2. What's the easiest/fastest way?
    3. How much does it cost?
    4. What do you do for water?
    5. Is it too cold to ship an adult now?
    6. Do I have to take it to an airport or just my post office?

    Any other info would be great

  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    Quote:1. in a horizon box for shipping birds
    2. can only be express shipping with the PO
    3. about $50 and up depending on weight and destination
    4. no water needed but shredded aples are a good idea
    5. no it is not to cold for adults (actually better cold than hot)
    6 take to the po find out when the last truck leaves and get there right before so they dont sit in po office all day. I bring my live birds by 4:30 and they go out at 5:30
  3. CityChicker

    CityChicker Songster

    Mar 21, 2009
    Yeah, what AHappyChick said. You have to use a box with some sort of filter like a Horizon box (typically people charge anywhere from $10-$30 for the box depending on size and whether it is new). It is much better to ship them when it is cold and most people either put no food or water in the box or just fruit slices. Definitely don't do dry food. Do try to get them to the post office as late in the day as possible, so they will do the bulk of the transit over night. If you are able to find out, take them to one of the main post offices or an airport post office if you have that option in your city. The last time I tried to find out though which post offices the birds go to in transit before they get to our neighborhood office, the post office would not tell me because they said it is a security risk (understandable).

    Generally though, the birds do fine if they are only in transit one or even two days. The cost varies a lot depending on what you are shipping. My last shipment was roughly $130 (plus the box charge), but that was for 8 bantam ducks. I have never had shipping be under about $55-$60 (in recent years). There is the option of shipping them by air as well, but few people do that with poultry/waterfowl because it is more work and more expense if you are only shipping a few birds. The buyer and seller have to go to the airport and generally deal with air cargo. Again though, I don't know anyone that is doing that with waterfowl anymore and you would have to be shipping several birds to make it cost effective.


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