Yes, you can ship live birds through the U.S. Postal Service

9NEWS at 6 p.m. 12/2/16.

KUSA - He's just one man picking up his bird - at the post office.

Surprised?

So was one of our producers, who saw this man picking up a bird at a local post office recently.

Next looked into it and learned it's common for people to ship live birds through the U.S. Postal service (USPS.)

"We handle all kinds of, especially day-old birds, like chicks, turkeys, geese. Those are generally sent to farms and hobbyists," said David Rupert, a corporate communications officer with USPS.

"You'll hear the little chirps fill the office all morning long," he said.

Day-old birds and some disease-free adult birds can be shipped by Express mail if the recipient knows they are coming, of course.

"It's required to have the phone number of the recipient and as soon as that bird lands on the other end we're calling so people can come pick that up," said Rupert. "You're not going to get a surprise turkey sent from your Uncle Joe, that just, that very rarely happens."

Sometimes, if people live in rural areas, the postmaster will drive the birds out and the person meets them along the route.

The cost to ship a bird usually starts around 50 dollars, but increases depending on the weight and size of box the bird needs, but when it comes to birds - you have options.

Rupert crossed off some of them from the Christmas song, 12 Days of Christmas, just to give an example.

"A partridge you can send, two turtle doves, three French hens, calling birds - whatever those are, but that would be good - five golden rings, of course you can send those through the mail and those registered insured, geese a laying, you can send the geese, although you probably don't want them laying. Swans a swimming, you can send swans, but no liquid. Maids a milking - not a good idea, ladies dancing, no, lords leaping, no, pipers piping, drummers drumming no, no, no - but you know most of that stuff you can send through the mail," said Rupert.

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