On June 23, 2019, the United States Postal Service (USPS) put into effect a price change that affects the pricing of shipping started chickens. The change involves charging based on the dimensional weight of packages instead of the actual weight. (Dimensional weight has to do with the amount of weight that a box could contain.) The larger the shipping box, the higher the dimensional weight is. For example, to ship one 19+ week old started pullet, the weight is around 5 pounds. The dimensional weight to ship this same pullet is 17 pounds. As you can see, this causes a considerable increase in shipping costs.
Shipping costs for all of our pullets are affected, but the 4-7 week old pullets aren’t affected as much because they ship in a smaller box. Orders of 8 or fewer 4-7 week old started pullets are considerably less expensive to ship than larger orders or orders of larger, older pullets.
What We Are Doing to Help Offset This Increase
We have changed our shipping calculations to operate based on the state we are shipping to. Texas and states closest to Texas have a lower rate than states that are farther away. Closer states will see a relatively small price increase. States farther away will see a larger price increase.
Ways You Can Reduce Shipping Costs
When possible, order our younger birds. Because they are smaller, we are able to fit up to eight of our younger pullets into a single shipping box. This keeps the cost of shipping significantly lower.
If possible, pick up orders at our farm rather than have them shipped. We charge a small fee for handling of local pickup orders, which is much less than the cost of shipping. You can select “local pick-up” when placing your order.
If you have a large order, contact us. In some cases, depending on your location and the size of the order, we may be able to arrange other delivery options.
How To Find Out Shipping Costs Before Placing an Order
To find out how much it will cost to have your order shipped to you, do the following:
- Add everything that you want to order to the cart.
- Click “calculate shipping” then enter the state that we will be shipping to and press “Update”
- Once you’ve done that, the proper shipping costs and the total cost of your order will be shown.
- If you run into any problems with calculating shipping costs, be sure that you correctly entered your destination state and pressed “update.” If any problems persist after that, please let us know.