We are very experienced at shipping and observe every precaution to ensure that birds arrive safely. We ship from West Palm Beach, Florida, and can make arrangements to just about any major city in the United States. Cost of shipping varies from airline to airline and while cost is considered in determining which airline or type of service to use, our first consideration is the safety and well being of the birds being shipped.
Whenever possible non-stop or direct (not connecting) flights are selected. This may mean traveling to a more distant airport to eliminate a connection, or a late night arrival in times of extremely warm weather. We prefer to ship mid-week, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Fewer vacation travelers mid-week result in less checked baggage and less chance of mix-ups.
We ship only fully weaned birds. We use airline approved Kennel Cabs or Cabin Kennels depending on the age and/or number of babies being shipped. Each carrier is prepared with plenty of food and juicy fruit to provide moisture, enough to last several days in the event of delays or misdirected flights. The type of carrier used varies by number and type of birds to be shipped and the cost generally ranges from $15. to $20.
Day and time of shipping (weather permitting) is mutually agreed upon between shipper and purchaser. Flight number and arrival time is confirmed with the buyer by telephone within 24 hours before flight. The Air Waybill number is also given at this time along with pickup instructions. Although every effort is made to ship on the agreed upon schedule, individual airlines may impose shipping restrictions during certain periods of extreme weather. It is recommended that the buyer contact the cargo office at the destination airport prior to arrival to confirm actual pick-up location.
** Due to rising fuel costs, shipping costs are subject to change. You will be charged actual airline shipping charges.
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