Do you need to calculate what your Express Mail charges will be when shipping
Then go to the USPS's Express Mail calculator. All you need is the origin's
zip code, the destination's zip code, along with the container and bird(s) total weight.
Instructions for USPS Postmasters
Mailing Live Animals
shipping live animals must call the District Expedited
Services Office (ESO), which coordinates and clears such shipments. The ESO will
tell you where to drop off your "live" shipment and notify the
The availability of a drop-off site may vary depending on
transportation or the retail site's ability to handle large volumes. The ESO
tries to make acceptance points for live animal shipments widely available
and ensure protection of the lives while in the postal system.
September 25, 2006 inception of live animal mail
transport on the FedEx Network, the number of retail outlets available for
live animal acceptance increased significantly. Transportation on commercial
carriers continues to be available.
Special Handling Service is for unusual items
that need to be handled specially through the mail – like live poultry and
bees. For these items, Special Handling is required. Your package will receive
preferential handling to the extent that it’s practical in dispatch and
For more FedEx network details:
Domestic Mail Manual
(we will always be adding to the DMM,
and all it's addenda)
perishable matter may be sent through the mail only if it can reach its
destination in good condition in the normal transit time between the
mailing and address points. Mailable perishable foods that do not rapidly
decay or generate obnoxious odors in the mail may be sent at the mailer's
9.3 Live Animals
Animal Fighting Prohibition
Under 7 USC
2156, the mailing of a live animal for the purpose of participating in an
animal fighting venture is prohibited (regardless of whether such venture
is permitted under the laws of the state in which it is conducted). The
term state means any state of the United
States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or any
U.S. territory or possession. Violators can be subject to the criminal
penalties in 7 USC 2156.
vaccinated with Newcastle disease (live virus) is nonmailable. Live
day-old chickens, ducks, geese, partridges, pheasants (pheasants may be
mailed only from April through August), guinea fowl, quail, and turkeys
are acceptable in the mail only if:
They are not more than 24 hours old and are presented for
mailing in the original unopened hatchery box from the hatchery of origin.
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.)
The box is properly ventilated, of proper construction and strength
to bear safe transmission in the mail, and not stacked more than 10 units
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.
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.
The shipment bears special handling postage in addition to regular
postage, unless sent at the First-Class Mail or Priority Mail rate.
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.
Day-old poultry, originally shipped by air express or air cargo and
then presented for mailing, must be in First-Class condition and prepared
as specified in 9.3.2a.
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.
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
The mailer must send adult fowl by Express Mail in secure
containers approved by the manager of Mailing Standards (see 601.8.0
The number of birds per parcel must follow the container
manufacturer limits and each bird must weigh more than 6 ounces.
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
container used for mailable animals must be made of at least 275-pound
test, double wall, corrugated, weather-resistant fiberboard (W5c) or
equivalent and must be adequately ventilated. The container must be
constructed to prevent escape of the animals while in the mail and to
preclude the container and its contents from being crushed in normal
handling. The outside of the container must include a return address and a
description of the contents. A container marked "If Undeliverable,
Abandon" is not accepted.
The USPS does
not accept any shipment of animals that the USPS reasonably believes
cannot reach its destination in a viable condition. Such a determination
is based on factors including the expected temperatures (weather
conditions) while the shipment is in the mail; the types of vehicles on
which the shipment is to be transported; the expected transit time; and
the types of packaging used for protection against suffocation, crushing,
The Postal Service's Traffic Control System is used to advise
destination and transfer offices when any significant quantities of animals
are moving through the mail. Postal field personnel should ensure that the
of ground transportation (via trucks) is limited to a four-hour time period.
Any mailpiece identified as
containing live birds must be handled
with care and sensitivity by postal employees.