Maxi Parrots regularly ships birds to customers all around the World
How we prepare the parrots
Shipping Crates, Containers and Boxes
How we prepare the Shipping Containers
Most airlines now require that a perch be installed (screwed in from the outside of the container) for birds. At Maxi Parrots, the perch is made no higher than an inch from the bottom. This way, the parrot won’t fall hard or get caught under the perch during turbulence. We also line the bottom of the carrier with newspaper or crumpled then tamped down paper toweling so that the bird has a better foothold if it stays on the bottom. We also to tape a thick piece of cardboard halfway up the front door if the weather is inclement or if we are shipping babies. For parrots that are extra-large and can chew through most material (such as hyacinths and Black palm cockatoos), we line the entire crate with hardware cloth. We always ship bonded pairs separately or in a separate compartment within the crate so as to avoid stress wounds. We fill the bottom of the crate with seed (and/or pellets if that is their diet). It works as a good bedding liner and gives the parrots nourishment if they want to eat during the flight. We place cubes of juicy fruit in the container on the floor – grapes, apples, oranges, etc. This will provide the bird(s) with liquids during the flight and any layovers. Just be sure that there is enough food for the bird(s) in case of a 1 or 2 days delay! Finally, we add an extra piece of hardware cloth over the entire door of the crate so that no one is tempted to open the door to take a closer look or to take the parrot. We always make sure the crates have the “LIVE BIRDS” label on it, which is generally provided by the airline.
Our Shipping Policies, Routines and Norms
Maxi Parrots ships to all states and can make arrangements to almost any city in the United States and the World. Our primary consideration is the well-being of the bird(s) being shipped. We have been shipping for years and we take every precaution to make sure that your new pet arrives safely. We prefer to ship direct to a major city, eliminating connecting flights if at all possible. This may mean driving a bit further to a large airport, or it may mean picking up in the evening to ensure appropriate shipping temperatures during hot weather seasons. Weekday shipping is preferred over weekends, due to the fact that there are fewer travelers then, and that many cargo terminals close early on the weekends.
We take care of all the flight/shipping arrangements. Very Simple and Very Safe!
We coordinate flight times with our customer a few days in advance before the bird is being shipped (weather permitting). The customer is provided with the airline, flight number(s), air waybill/tracking number, and flight arrival time prior to departure. It is recommended that the customer arrives at the airport no later than the expected flight arrival time so that your bird does not wait at the airport for any period of time. We contact our customer once again on the day of shipment before the bird leaves. A return call, text or e-mail to Maxi Parrots letting us know that the bird(s) arrived safely is highly appreciated. All sales are final when the birds are shipped. There are no returning the birds. We have a 24 hour limit, for notification after delivery of the birds, of any problem at the point of delivery, specified on the order. Immediate inspection is necessary to insure damage didn’t occur during shipping and the birds are alive at delivery. We will replace the dead bird or refund the complete cost of the bird, but not the shipping cost. At least a 50% payment must be made before any bird is shipped.
Shipping International - Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa
All parrots except cockatiels and parakeets are listed on the CITIES appendix two list as threatened species. Because of this status parrots need a CITIES certification to be moved from one country to another. Once a parrot has CITIES certification, the paperwork should be valid in all countries.
To ship a bird to a foreign country, one first needs to get a CITES permit. Maxi Parrots can expedite the acquisition of a CITES permit, with our well established connections. This is generally done under situations concerning the purchase of Hyacinth Macaws and Black Palm Cockatoos,so we able and ready to ship our parrots to other countries without any problem or additional cost.
CITIES is a world wide organization and not directly associated with the USDA. Each country has their own office to process CITIES certifications. The CITIES certification is processed through the Division of Management Authority in the Fish and Wildlife Department in the US.
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