By Daniel Sturgeon – 7/11/2019
With the postal service increase for mailing live animals and specifically pigeons, there has been a lot of grumbling over the cost to ship them. The postal service increase is now based not only on the weight and destination but also the volume of the box. Until the shipping box manufactures make a smaller height box designed for pigeons and smaller foul we are stuck with the boxes that are available.
There actually is 2 options when mailing your birds.
Priority Mail is the United States Postal Service’s standard air service. Packages usually arrive to their domestic destination within 1-3 business days. Transit times vary depending on how far the package has to be delivered from its origin. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this is not a guaranteed service. So there’s no recourse if packages are delayed.
Priority Mail is the less costly option of the two. There are also greater options, including: several Flat Rate box and envelope sizes, Regional Rate, weight- and dimensional-based rates.
The more common that many are familiar with:
Priority Mail Express:
Formerly known as Express Mail, Priority Mail Express is USPS’s fastest shipping service. Depending on the distance a shipment must travel, USPS will make a service commitment of 1 to 3 business days for domestic shipments.
Overnight scheduled delivery by 10:30 am is also available to most U.S. addresses, including PO Boxes. As of 2019, the fee for this service is $5.00 per parcel. Most importantly, this is a guaranteed service. If the package is delivered after the guaranteed delivery date, you can apply for a refund of postage paid. Refunds claims must be filed at the Post Office where you dropped off the package.
Grant it the Priority Mail has no guarantee but the Express only has a guarantee on live birds if the shipping container has been damaged.
Here are 2 examples:
I shipped 3 birds from Centralia , Mo. to Odessa, Texas (the NBRC Store raffled birds) on a Tuesday. The shipping box measured 20” x 8” x 26” with a weight of 3 lbs 5.4 oz. If shipped Express they would arrive on Thursday before 3 pm with the cost being $111.25.
By shipping them Priority the cost was $38.95 with delivery scheduled for Friday.
The next example is I shipped 6 pigeons from Centralia, Mo. to Milwaukee, Wis. on a Tuesday. The weight was 5 lb. 4.5 ounces. The shipping box measured 18” x 10” x 20”. Shipping Express it would have cost $122.75 and been delivered on Thursday before 3 pm. Shipping Priority it cost $33.50 with a delivery date of Thursday.
So you can see before mailing any birds check to see what the difference in cost and delivery time is.