Shipping Options

Most non-live orders leave our warehouse by the next day

Most orders placed with My Pet Chicken will leave our warehouse within 1 business day of your purchase date. Orders placed Saturday and Sunday will be shipped the following business day. If you're in a rush and need your order to ship immediately, just call 888-460-1529! We love making our customers happy--there's a good chance we'll be able to help you out.

Note: This policy does NOT include items such as chicken coops or any other items on our website that have provisos indicating shipping will take longer than normal.

Baby chicks ship via USPS Express or Priority Mail

When you're purchasing small orders of 14 or fewer live baby chicks, our website requires you to select Express Mail shipping. Express is the fastest, most effective and most humane method available for shipping small orders of baby chicks! Orders of 15 or more chicks ship via Priority Mail--their collective body heat allows them to survive the additional day in transit. If you have ordered non-live items as well, choosing Next Day shipping will not get your chicks, eggs or started pullets to you faster. Likewise, choosing Ground shipping will not mean your chicks will ship more slowly. Choosing a different shipping method in those cases only affects the non-live items in your basket that do have shipping method choices; it does not affect the chicks. When you purchase a small order of live chicks and other items at the same time, your shipping method will read "Express Mail (for chicks only) + <the shipping method you chose for your non-live items >." We ship our birds taking the best possible care; there is no way to change the shipping speed of your birds.

Hatching eggs ship via Priority Mail

For hatching eggs, choose "Ground" shipping, but rest assured that your eggs will ship via Priority Mail. Eggs are individually bubble wrapped, and the box they're packed in is lined with heavy-duty bubble wrap, too. This is a new shipping method as of July 2012, and we've been very pleased with the test results so far.

Juvenile chickens (started pullets) ship via Express Mail

Choose "Ground" shipping for your started pullets, but rest assured that your chickens will ship via Express Mail--the fastest way under the sun to get them to you. We've never lost a started bird in transit, and don't mean to.


Ground shipping takes up to 10 business days and is our most economical shipping option. Depending on the ship-to address and the product being shipped, Ground may include any of the following services: UPS Ground, Fed Ex Ground, USPS Priority Mail, Parcel Post or First Class Mail. Regardless of the shipping service used, we guarantee delivery within 10 business days.

Third Day

Third Day is a great option if you're not sure whether Ground will deliver your package on time. Keep in mind that third day takes 1 day to process your order and 3 business days to ship, so if you place your order on Monday for Third Day, it is guaranteed to arrive on Friday (though it may come sooner). Likewise, if you place your order on Saturday, it is guaranteed to arrive on Thursday (ship Monday + 3 business days in transit).

Second Day

Need your package even faster? Second Day is a great choice. Remember, it still takes one business day for orders to leave our warehouse. Once they "fly the coop", so to speak, they'll arrive to your door within 2 business days.

Next Day

Need it yesterday? Next Day service is for you! We'll ship your item within 24 hours, and it will arrive within 1 business day of the time we ship it.

Media Mail

This option's only for books and bound printed matter, and boy is it cost-effective! It'll take a while to arrive, though, so only choose it if you're patient.

First Class

For mail up to 13 ounces. Delivers within three business days in most cases (but no guarantees!)