Blog/International Races/Quarantine Updates
Monday, July 22 2019
The birds are doing well in our quarantine. No issues to report.
I've had a few breeders reach out to me and ask if I am planning on doing just 1 shipment to Derby Arona this year, or two? Originally we had planned on doing 2x separate shipments to the race, if needed based on necessary participation and numbers, however, due to the costs associated with exporting to island races such as Derby Arona, the majority of the interest has been expressed with getting birds to the race sooner, versus later. The majority of the interested parties have already sent us their teams of birds for the first scheduled shipment. There simply is not enough commitment to justify the costs associated with doing a small second shipment at this stage of the process.
What this means is we are going to plan on doing only x1 shipment in late September- early October. We have just extended the intake for the late arrivals, so please, if you plan on sending a team or two, get them to us ASAP. We technically can't start our pre quarantine until the last bird has arrived.
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Saturday, July 13 2019
The birds are doing good in quarantine. We have some very nice birds in this group! No issues to report, and we hope to keep it this way throughout this entire quarantine session. I've recently been very busy with our licensed electrician coming in and doing a completely new installation of electrical lines at our facility. Some improvements include installing a completely new Power Pole, along with also boosting and installing more security cameras/surveillance, so that your birds are better protected. The existing wiring we had in place just wasn't doing the job I needed it to do, so this improvement of added amperage on our property will be very beneficial for the future of our operations and ongoing projects we have with accommodating birds.
We will continue to accept birds for this quarantine until the end of the month. While it may be too hot to ship through the USPS this time of year, depending on where you are located, you can always ship your birds via DELTA AIRLINES, to Salt Lake City International Airport. This is a wonderful alternative, and the birds get to us quicker with less time in transit. If you decide to ship them this way, please let us know ahead of time. It's also best if you can ship them out on a Monday-Wednesday.
Have a great weekend!
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Saturday, July 06 2019
Hope you are all enjoying the holidays, with family time, BBQ's, fireworks, boating, etc.
The birds we have been taking care of for the Derby Arona Intake are doing well. We've only had 1 bird die on us thus far, and the owner has already been notified. This group of birds looks really good, being nice and strong. We give them top quality feed with probiotics, and they also get Jovati Grit and fresh cold water, daily. We have a few weeks left for accepting birds before we will need to close our intake so that we can officially start our Pre Quarantine end of this month. Please share the news.
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Monday, July 01 2019
There's been a lot of talk lately about how the new shipping rates will hurt the sport. As always, we must be creative and think outside of the box of traditional lines of thinking, if we don't want the prices to have a huge impact on our sport. These are the alternative solutions that I have managed to come up with. I've now made (2) different box modifications and shared it with others, and on social media. I've used these existing brand new boxes over the last +15 years of shipping birds across state lines. Without jeopardizing the safety and well being of the birds, this is what I have come up with.
This largest box would have cost over $305 to ship birds with the new shipping rates that took effect on June 23, 2019, however, what I managed to do was eliminate the excess space so this new box only costs $158 to ship. I can safely ship up to 12 young birds, and they have perfectly well-ventilated circulation not only on the top of the box but also on the sides. If you want to ship several birds, this is an option. The other option is to ship through the Airlines.
Now, you should know that there is a possibility that your local US Post Office could tell you that altering the original box in any way will prevent you from shipping birds. All boxes, in fact, must be approved by the Post Office for shipping live birds. I personally have not had any issues with my post office telling me I cannot ship birds using an altered box. As a matter of fact, when I showed them my modification, they were quite impressed with the quality and even said, "We knew you would figure it out and get the size down, Mr. Hash". If you do happen to come across this problem where they say they won't accept your shipment, then you can simply just say "Thanks for your time" and go send the birds in the airline approved crates I've mentioned previously, instead. It's really not a big deal.
I am still convinced that the best solution is shipping with the Airlines, IF you can get a group of 20 birds together with friends, and ship them in the crate as seen below. The savings is found in shipping with these crates I use.
For example- If you can get a group of 20 birds together from other locals in your area, this crate shipped to our Export Quarantine Facility here in Utah would equate to a total cost of $235. That's just $11.75 per bird, as opposed to the new rates, just shipping a few birds equates to nearly $33.00 per bird.
The airlines can get the birds delivered in 1 day, often times the same day you ship them. If you go the USPS route, you are looking at a minimum of 2-3 days of the birds being in the box, before they are delivered to their final destination. Let me also add that the Postal System has up to 4 days to deliver your birds, and the days of getting refunds are basically over. The longer the birds are in boxes the more stress on the birds, which is ultimately what WE DO NOT WANT.
The choice is yours to do with this info what you will. I can tell you from my own experience that it makes the best sense to ship with the Airlines, preferably Delta or AA, if you are near an airport to do so.
I hope this info helps.
We are currently working on some new box designs that may go to market, if they prove to solve the problems we now face.
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