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First Post Posted on: 04-02-13 09:03 PM next post first post

Hey guys,

 

In my last post, I did get some tips on shipping live birds. When I passed on those to my friend, he wanted to know something more. What care should be done if he is shipping duckings?

 

This forum is highly useful and informative. So, I thought I would post the question here first!!

 

Thanks in advance!

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Reply #: 1 Posted on: 04-02-13 09:23 PM next post previous post

Most varieties of domestic ducklings naturally do not eat and drink a significant amount for the first 36 to 60 hours after hatching, so this is the perfect time to ship them.  In fact, in natural incubation, this is the time when the ducklings would be resting under their mother, drying off and gaining strength to leave the nest. Use good quality alfalfa or grass hay to put in the bottom of each box to ensure good footing and proper absorption of all droppings.

 

Ducklings are a bit more susceptible to dehydration during shipment.So send some grogel B to go in with these ducklings to help them stay hydrated. They will arrive safe and healthy.

 

As always, consider the temperature factor which was discussed in the earlier post. Also, when shipping is being done, go for Express Mail for speedy delivery. Ducklings will most likely be dead if Priority Mail is used.

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Reply #: 2 Posted on: 04-02-13 09:25 PM next post previous post
That is cool!! But how do these ducklings survive for the first 36 to 60 hours after hatching if they don't eat?   When do we generally use heat pack?
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Reply #: 3 Posted on: 04-02-13 09:37 PM next post previous post

Just before they hatch, these ducklings absorb nutrients from the egg. This allows them to live without food or water. At extremely low temperatures, heat packs are added to help keep these duckings warm.

 

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Reply #: 4 Posted on: 04-02-13 09:48 PM next post previous post
If ducklings can go without food for first 36 to 60 hours (which means 1.5 - 2.5 days), then can they go by priority mail? Just asking... since Priority is cheaper when compared to Express.
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Reply #: 5 Posted on: 04-02-13 10:16 PM next post previous post

Well, that is a good question. I have heard small breeders ship ducklings via Priority Mail. They make sure the shipping box has ventilation holes and is not over-crowded with too much of ducklings in one go.

 

However, I personally don't recommend shipping via Priority Mail since it would be unkind from our side to treat them such a way to just save a few dollars in shipping expenses. These day-old ducklings have to remain in the shipping box during shipment time, when they should have actually been with their mother !!

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Reply #: 6 Posted on: 04-02-13 10:24 PM next post previous post
What you said is correct. I won't let these ducklings suffer for saving shipping expense. I just asked to equip myself with knowledge on these matters regarding shipping. Thanks duckhaven....
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Reply #: 7 Posted on: 04-04-13 08:43 AM next post previous post
Also i should add, most people only ship Monday through Wednesday to avoid the possibility that the birds will be stuck at the post office over the weekend with no food or water.  I've had swans shipped several times too..cygnets actually and they arrive quite nicely..they don't deliver to the door..they call you from the post office to come and get them so they don't sit on the truck all day.
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Reply #: 8 Posted on: 04-07-13 07:46 PM next post previous post
Is shipping swans same as handling the shipment of ducks?
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Reply #: 9 Posted on: 04-08-13 08:37 AM last post previous post
Yes, same as any live bird shipment.  I have had swans shipped several times and they always arrive save and sound..cute little cygnets.  I am looking for swans so if anyone knows of a good swan breeder please let me know.
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