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Chickens are pick up only and we do not ship chickens or eggs. If distance is a consideration, ask your friend or family member to purchase the chickens for you and meet you half way from your destination.
Bring your own container and supplies to transport your new chickens home. You can choose your pet and bring your own containers.
Blue Star makes the following suggestions. Keep a dish for water and a carrier with open air holes for breathing. After choosing your chickens, keep air conditioner on in your car for a comfortable ride home.
IMPORTANT! Keep your chickens in a calm and quite location for the first several days after you bring them home. Too much noise, activity and disruption can "overstress" chickens. (dogs barking, kids chasing them, lots of people handling and petting them) Give your chickens a chance to get settled.. they are animals with real feelings and need to be treated well. You will have plenty of time to get to know them.TOO MUCH STRESS OR EVEN MOVING POULTRY TO NEW PENS MAY CAUSE YOUR CHICKENS TO BECOME SICK! READ THIS PAGE ABOUT Mycoplasma Gallisepticum(M.G) AND HOW TO KEEP CHICKENS HEALTHY.
***please have your suitable containers ready to load chickens (we prefer) crates, wire cages, or pet carriers to carry chickens home. *** if you bring boxes be sure to include airholes and tape. you MUST BRING YOUR OWN BOXES WITH TOPS as we no longer offer free cardboard boxes for transport of chickens*** if we use our supplies and have to build your cardboard crate for you (tape and cutting airholes) there is a $10 fee per box for services no exceptions! ***
*** for orders over 25 chickens you must call prior to arrival for important details on transportation of poultry ***

Once the chickens are in your possession and out of our pens, it is YOUR responsibility for their safety..... Please take care of your new pet.



Here are other useful items to bring..... Tape, sissors, string or rope and maybe a blanket or tarp to cover carrier from sun. We want your new chickens to arrive home safe and comfortable.


Usually a box the size of a medium kitchen appliance or a printer paper box works well too. A great type of free boxes are the wooden food crates at super markets, these already have holes in the sides and strong wired tops too.

If you do not have a crate or carrier, bring large strong boxes with tight fitting lids and strong tops. Bring lots of strong packing tape or twine.



Please do not leave small children alone with your chickens...especially young chicks... children want to "squeeze" baby chicks. All poultry "peck" at shiny objects......eyes, rings, necklaces.... this is why most children under five years old should not even hold a chicken unsupervised. Your safey is important..
Your pet dog will want to "play" and may injure or kill your chickens. So unless you have raised your dog as a puppy (or cat) to be around chickens it's not a good idea to let them play with chickens.