“It’s a plane.”
“No it’s a bird.”
Well, actually, it’s a lot of birds on a lot of planes.
McFarlane Pheasants of Janesville, WI ships live bird hatchlings throughout the
Sometimes, they send more than 100,000 birds in a single week.
Shipping hatchlings is tricky business. The baby birds are very delicate. Efficient transportation is important so that they may receive needed care from their new owners.
McFarlane Pheasants and other hatcheries rely heavily on the Postal Service to ensure that birds arrive alive and in good shape.
The farm makes a 600-mile round trip to the Local Distribution Center (LDC) at the
. Twin Cities Airport
On a typical Tuesday, McFarlane personnel begin pulling, sexing, sorting and boxing chicks for shipment early in the morning. By they are ready to go, arriving at the LDC by in order to make afternoon flights. This allows McFarlane to achieve overnight or 2-day service to many parts of the country.
It’s no bed of feathers, but hard work for everyone according to McFarlane Logistics Coordinator Brad Lillie.
“We’re not only depending on our staff, but also the dedication of the
postal team,” he said. U.S.
“We’re fortunate to have access to a live airmail facility and we know that this gets our birds to our customers as quickly as possible at a reasonable cost."