Frequently Asked Questions about
Shipping Birds

Questions:

1) How do you ship birds?
2) Is shipping hard on the birds?
3) How much does it cost to ship a bird?
4) Can I save some money on shipping and have you ship UPS or US mail, or...?
5) Have you ever had a bird die or get lost in shipping?
6) Don't the birds get hungry or thirsty?
7) Do you ship out of the country?


Answers:

1) How do you ship birds?

We ship birds on the airlines. They are shipped in either wooden carriers or plastic pet kennels. They ride in a special climate controlled and pressurized compartment on the plane. They are not in the same compartment as the passenger luggage. We use the airlines because it is the fastest way to transport the birds from our place to yours. Although traveling is not that hard on them, we do not like to make them spend any more time than absolutely necessary in transit. For this reason we also look for the shortest route and always schedule direct flights if possible.

2) Is shipping hard on the birds?

It has been our experience that shipping is not hard on the birds. Being babies, the birds are used to new experiences and sounds almost daily. They are exposed to a wide variety of things while being raised in our nursery and home. As far as they are concerned, it is perfectly normal for them to get on an airplane on the 100th day of their life and go for a trip. About the only sign of any stress is sometimes on the post ship veterinarian exam, there is a slightly elevated growth of gram negative bacteria but this is a fairly normal reaction to being shipped. Once they get to their new homes, sometimes it takes them a day or two to settle in, but by far, the vast majority of people tell us the bird just steps right out of the shipping container and acts right at home. Some even fall asleep in their new owners arms on the way home from the airport.

3) How much does it cost to ship a bird?

We do not want to make any money on shipping. We simply pass along what it costs us to ship a bird. There are several costs associated with shipping birds. The largest cost is what the airlines charge. Other costs include a pet carrier (kennel) and a veterinarian issued weather acclimation health certificate (required during certain seasons). Adding everything up, the total cost for shipping comes to $150. Alaska Airlines and Delta are the ONLY airlines we use and we ship out of Portland, OR (PDX). So if you add $150 to the price of the bird listed at "Parrots for Sale", that is the total cost to purchase a bird from us.

4) Can I save some money on shipping and have you ship UPS or US mail, or...?

No. The only way your bird leaves our place is in your car, or on an airline. The airlines are the fastest carriers and have lots of experience shipping animals and birds and that is ALL we will use.

5) Have you ever had a bird die or get lost in shipping?

No. The worst that has happened is one time the bird missed a connecting flight, but the airlines were able to get the bird on the next scheduled flight.

6) Don't the birds get hungry or thirsty?

We put lots of seeds and plenty of fruits and vegetables in the shipping container. The fruits and vegetables provide all the moisture the bird need during transit. We also only ship fully weaned babies. One reason we do this is in case, in the unlikely event they should get stuck at an airport overnight (because of connecting flight trouble), we don't have to worry if they have enough to eat or drink.

7) Do you ship out of the country?

We do NOT ship our birds out of the country. We have this policy for 3 reasons:
  1. Paperwork hassles
  2. Long flight/transportation times.
  3. Long quarantine times - sometimes up to 6 months. We feel this is just too hard on a baby bird.
For these reasons we will only ship in the continental United States.
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