I'm willing to ship birds by express mail again, if you are interested please read the terms below they're not negociable. First of all I know that it will not be possible to ship to all areas in the US. It will depend on your location and zip code. The post Office consider birds perishable items therefore they will not guarantee "LIVE ON ARRIVAL"even though they are really good at keeping your birds safe and I am yet to loose a bird(s) you need to be aware of this.
Airlines is the safest and most risk free way to ship and receive birds. They arrive in a matter of hours and there are no losses and essentially no risk to the birds and buyer. The drawback is expense and hassle. It cost a minimum $165 plus container via Delta around $130 plus container via Continental, then you must go to an airport to pick them up. Shipping by mail is different, while it is much cheaper, $35-$65 generally, but it is also slower. Birds are in transit usually at least 24 hours and perhaps even 48 hours. There's is no question about that. And once in the mail, neither of us have any control over how long it takes for delivery nor are we capable of tracking the shipment with any degree of accuracy.
If you want birds shipped by mail you will have to agree to some acceptance of the risk involved in the birds live arrival. I will NOT be held fully responsible for losses nor will I replace just any bird that is lost in transit. Plain and simple. You want cheaper cost, You must be willing to accept some of the risk. I have no problems shipping most birds by mail and I am confident they will arrive in good shape but if any losses do occur, then we share the losses together and arrive and some acceptable settlement for replacing the birds. I WILL NOT refund $, but I am willing to send replacement birds. This is a classic example of give and take situation bottom line. Some species of small hookbils will not be ship this way because they will chew their way out of the box, even though Horizon does make a box for hookbills I will not ship lovebirds nor conures this way too risky..
Horizon makes USPS/FedEx, USDA, and IATA approved shipping boxes for live birds. That's it. That's all they do. But they do it great! They started it!
They are the largest developer and manufacturer of universally approved, environmentally-secure shipping containers for live birds, designed primarily for the U.S. Post Office's Express Mail service. The standard overnight Expresss cost of shipping cost incl. filtered box is $63.50 but remember cost is based on wight and distance.
All of their boxes meet and exceed all the ASTM Project 1A standards and have always gone the extra mile to have all their containers officially approved by USPS headquarters. No other manufacturer of shipping containers can make this claim.
We will provide the tracking information to the customer and they can call their local Post Office in advance to arrange pick up, in my experience the Post Office always brings the birds to me. The Post Office will contact you inmediately upon arrival,therefore it is imperitive for you to be readily available and your cell phone to be turn on during this period of time.
We provide water in soaked spill free container, food and perches for your bird(s) to be save and sound.This is a more economic way to have your birds ship to you and avoids the usually long and sometimes hazardous drive to the Airport.
We wil comfirm all shipments by e-mail or by phone prior to shipping Click on USPS logo for tracking information
Even though we still ship via Delta is only at customers request.They have made it almost impossible to afford shipping birds any longer.Delta Airlines offers cargo shipping program for animals & birds called "PET FIRST" In most cases your birds can be picked up at your airport within 4-8 hours after shipping depending on your location. Once again, sometimes delays do occur due to weather conditions and equipment failures! Will ship Delta,usual rates apply
Birds are insured through Delta Airlines. Delta Pet First program has their own air logistics facility in which LIVE animals are picked up at most airport locations.
Delta airlines does not require a Health Certificate to ship LIVE BIRDS which is way most people preffer to ship by them and avoid the sometimes complications and not to mention extra expenses, certicates of health run between $25 and more depending on who you dealing with.
According to my last updates Delta nows requires plastic lashes on carriers to be replace with bolts adding more work and expenses to the modification of crates.This is why a few extra dollars have been added to the cost of the shipping crate.
We ship out of Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks Connecticut.The cost of the approved shipping container is $25 plus around $160 for shipping cost for a total of $185 for 1-2 crates.In most cases birds will make a connector fly in Atlanta depending on where you are located and will arrive the same day 4-8 hours.Even though we are one hour away from the airport we do not have a fuel sur charge and parking fees like other breeders do.
I did speak with the Continental Pet Safe people today about Temperature and Connection times.All Temperatures are okay for shipping birds unless they are really extreme. They have air-conditioned carriers at their hubs and give special handling elsewhere. Birds and animals are always first on and first off and transported immediately. At Continental 45 Minute connection times between flights are okay and no extra charge. The new Delta rules now require you to pay more than double if you want less than 2 hour connection times. At Continental your crates need to be marked as Live Birds. At Delta they now require you to plaster the USDA LIVE ANIMAL CARE CHECK LIST on your crates.
At Continental they realize that birds can spend the night in a shipping crate because they have all the food and moisture they need and would. The new Delta rules have eliminated the regulation they had which allowed bird shipments to spend night time hours at their hubs because they now insist that birds be handled under the same rules as "Live Warm Blooded Animals" It seems that Continental is the only airline that recognizes that a bird is not a dog or a cat
We've all been through some hard economic times. Continental is giving us a helping hand with their new rates, great service and fast connections. Delta wanting us to pay double for the same service we had before their merger with Northwest is kicking us when we're down. Please remember who held out a helping hand and who kicked us when we were down. Say thanks with you business dollars
Shipping birds in the U.S.-Continental is the only still affordable way left aside the USPS. Express service. by Kerry C on Mon Jan 25, 2010
Delta AIrlines have made vertually impossible to ship birds by them.They seem to have forgotten the millions of dollars we given them in the past and they said thank you was by increasing their rates by 50% and lowering their service standards.Thank you Delta for your loyalty to us all..
Per the Continental Airlines Live Animal Desk 800-575-3335:
$110 flat shipping rate for birds within the continental United States..Shipping limits are as follows: Maximum: 50# and 6 containers - Containers may be banded together, up to 3 high and 2 wide - must have a stable base and 1" spacers ensuring ventilation holes are not blocked