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COVID-19 Updates

News and information related to business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic can change rapidly. To ensure our customers have the most updated information, we have created this page to share the most current and updated information. For more information on COVID-19 and biosecurity at McMurray Hatchery, click here. If you have questions that need further assistance, call 800.456.3280 — please note we are experiencing extended wait times.

Shipping Update

April 21, 2020 — We received the notice below from the U.S. Postal Service (click here to view the official notice). We have contacted the USPS Transportation Department, they have informed us that the extra day DOES NOT apply to chicks (lives). When tracking an order you may notice the estimated delivery date is 3-5 days, but chicks will be delivered within 72 hours.

Expected Delivery Changes for Priority Mail and First-Class Package Services

U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail products and First-Class packages may require more time to be delivered due to limited transportation availability as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) impacts to the United States.

Effective April 17, 2020:

  • The Postal Service’s flagship Priority Mail Express service, which guarantees overnight service, will not change.
  • Service commitments for local 1-day Priority Mail will not change.
  • Priority Mail’s two and three day service commitments now will be extended to three and four days respectively. Customers will continue to receive end-to-end visibility and improved product tracking, as well as up to $50 in free insurance. With the extra day extension, customers should expect delivery using Priority Mail Open and Distribute (PMOD) to range from two to four days nationwide.
  • First-Class Package Service (FCPS) two and three day service commitments will also be extended to three and four days respectively.

A Statement from McMurray Hatchery Regarding the Novel Cornonavirus/COVID-19

We have received many calls regarding the COVID-19 virus and its relationship to poultry and poultry products. McMurray Hatchery is in contact with our state veterinarians and federal and state poultry authorities and continues to monitor the situation. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are receiving:

  • There is no evidence that COVID-19 can affect poultry including eggs, and chicken and turkey meat. These products are safe for human consumption.
  • Human-to-human contact is the main route of COVID-19 transmission.
  • Coronaviruses (CoVs) are a large group of viruses which continuously circulate in mammals and birds. The major CoVs in poultry, infectious bronchitis viruses (IBVs) and turkey coronaviruses (TCoVs), belong to the genus gammacoronavirus which is different from beta-CoVs that infect humans including the current COVID-19.
  • There is no evidence of transmission of poultry coronaviruses* to humans or other mammals
  • There is no evidence of human coronavirus transmission to poultry.

As a general precaution, it is important to remember to:

  • Wash your hands — especially before and after handling poultry.
  • Practice good biosecurity and regularly disinfect tools and other surfaces.
  • Stay home if sick, and to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to work.

Additional Resources:

If you have additional questions please contact your local poultry veterinarian or Iowa State Poultry Veterinarians Dr. Yuko Sato or Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar.

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