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Thousands of Baby Chicks Have
Been Dying in the U.S. Mail

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Posted By: JackBurton, 8/21/2020 12:49:13 PM

Thousands of baby chicks shipped to New England farmers have arrived dead since the U.S. Postal Service cut operations in recent months, adding to concerns about mail-delivery disruptions under investigation in Congress. Haden Gooch, 29, who raises broiler chickens on a farm in Monmouth, Maine, said he’s received 500 dead chicks over his last two shipments, ...


When 'the chicks are in the mail' is a bad thing

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 8/21/2020 1:06:17 PM (No. 516783)
We sent a birthday gift to a grandnephew by USPS. I contacted the boy via text to see if it got there, but it hadn't. We had tracking on it. Going from KC area to GA. Tracking said 'undeliverable', then the odyssey began. Back to Atlanta from south GA, then to Tenn, then to KC...we thought we were going to get it returned, but No. Then to Chicago for about 4 days, then to Indiana, then to NC.....and delivered. The father, a military officer had just been transferred and we hadn't heard, the odyssey was 'forwarding'..... via a tour of half the eastern USA. USPS defines inefficient. They had the forwarding address on file in south GA....and couldn't get it to central NC in less than 17 days and by a more direct route than described? Idiots in charge. Only God knows what happens to chicks in the mail. More of the $$ lost by USPS, paying for their ruining stuff in transit, like killing chicks.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: RuckusTom 8/21/2020 1:06:35 PM (No. 516785)
Can we send people from Dallas to Chicago in a box?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Judah 8/21/2020 1:07:09 PM (No. 516786)
How do we know that it isn't the letter carriers, who have endorsed Biden, aren't slowing things down to make it look like Trump ordered this.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: MindMadeUp 8/21/2020 1:23:38 PM (No. 516807)
This article only exists because the Democrats are promoting a bizarre theory that Trump is sabotaging the Postal Service in order to mess up mail in voting.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: pros7767 8/21/2020 1:32:52 PM (No. 516811)
Who in their right mind ships baby chicks in the mail??? Poor little things!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: LadyHen 8/21/2020 1:35:05 PM (No. 516814)
The hatcheries I have used in the past suspend shipping in the coldest and hottest months. When I have hatched my own in our incubators, chicks can last 2-3 days after hatch without food and actually even seem pretty uninterested and uncoordinated in eating at that point. They drink water okay once you dip their beak in the waterer and they will even fall asleep standing up, eventually tottering over into the chick pile to snooze much of the day. They like heat too as just like human a babies they can't regulate their body temp well when brand new. They would all pile under the heat lamp and quickly drift off to sleep in a heap of fluff. Pretty darn cute actually. If not mishandled (crushed or shaken) and not left in extreme temps for a long time, they are pretty resilient little boogers. I suspect this has more to do with bad and or inefficient postal employees trying to hold us all hostage to their demands than anything else.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: bad-hair 8/21/2020 1:36:43 PM (No. 516816)
Shocking !!! They didn't get to grow up so we could eat them.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: LadyHen 8/21/2020 1:39:19 PM (No. 516817)
Um #5. Thousands of folks every single year. It usually is a pretty easy process 2 -3 day process. I have raised many chickens shipped from hatcheries via USPS. How do you think the farmers co-op and hardware stores get their baby chicks in Spring?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: freightdog 8/21/2020 1:40:43 PM (No. 516820)
Baby chicks are delicate, tiny, new birds. Ask any post office clerk with a few decades working for the USPS about their experiences with shipments of baby chicks. The stories told will most likely not be of a positive nature due to the disruptive nature of the special handling needed by the baby chick package. Given the potential extremes in temperature that the birds may experience en route, all the bouncing and bumping that every package experiences in shipment, even the occasional case of negligent customers who are slow to pick up their shipment of chicks, etc., etc., goes a long way to explain why lots of chicks, now and over many decades past, don't arrive alive. Of note, UPS and FEDEX will NOT ship baby chicks. The reason why is rather obvious. Baby chicks are tiny creatures that are not designed to shaken, bounced, chilled and/or overheated. In the USA, this leaves the USPS as the way to ship chicks. (Also, lots, if not most, of mail handled by the USPS travels via airplane which, in turn, requires baby chicks to spend some time on airport ramps (where temperatures vary) while being loaded onto the airplane.) And, unfortunately, there's always the possibility of incompetence, negligence and/or malice on the part of USPS employees.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: snakeoil 8/21/2020 1:49:30 PM (No. 516826)
How do they get stamps on dumb clucks? I would be reasonably happy with the USPS if they were required to take a course on how to close the lid on a mailbox. I ain't all that happy with UPS. They deliver stuff and send you an email that it was left on the front porch. Unfortunately sometimes it's not my front porch.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: HPmatt 8/21/2020 2:02:42 PM (No. 516834)
Do they hand cancel the envelopes with the chicks in them, or send them though the sorting machine? How do you ship puppies and snakes to pet stores? Let alone cats & baby pigs.... I remember my dad telling me about when they moved the chicken brood house to a new patch of grass.. ..they looked out the window and the chickens were standing where it used to be, instead of where it was a few feet over....
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Reply 12 - Posted by: MISteve 8/21/2020 2:17:50 PM (No. 516838)
Democrat Union Postal Workers are to blame. There is deliberate sabotage in our postal system to make Trump look bad. Deep State at work at the expense of the American people
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Reply 13 - Posted by: sehall 8/21/2020 3:20:47 PM (No. 516893)
When the government initiated its parcel post service in 1913, one of the first "issues" to arise was whether or not babies could be shipped via the new service.... no "kidding".
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Reply 14 - Posted by: PostAway 8/21/2020 4:56:44 PM (No. 516949)
I recently ordered some Jeni’s ice cream (the same kind that Nancy Pelosi had in her freezer but forgive me. It really is good ice cream). It was sent from Columbus, OH to Bucks County near Philadelphia via Fed Ex, took a week and became Jeni’s lukewarm ice cream flavored soup in transit. The dry ice had completely melted. It was a gift and I was disappointed in the results but my point is that it isn’t just the USPS that is slow these days. Christmas isn’t that terribly far away so consider all of this if you are mailing packages internationally. To be fair, Jeni’s agreed to refund my money.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: bad-hair 8/21/2020 5:49:56 PM (No. 516985)
No worries. They were Dixie Chicks. You can find thousands of them at your local grocery store.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: sanspeur 8/21/2020 8:22:27 PM (No. 517072)
they were ok enough to sing at the democrat thing the other nite.-Didn’t they get paid enough for car fare home ? sad
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Reply 17 - Posted by: mean Gene 8/21/2020 10:03:45 PM (No. 517122)
We ordered a stereo component and it was shipped via the USPS. Instead of the 5 or 9 days these things usually take, it took 21 days with an out-of-the-way WEEK in Southern California! The box, marked, "FRAGILE!" looked like it had been a kickball in a long game or two. Every corner of the box was split, there were deep dents. So much so that we took photos of the box before opening it. The electronic equipment was DESTROYED. The outer shell broken, the solid state parts unsoldered and cracked. Defund the Post Office! This was done deliberately so Trump's position would look bad. It backfired. The Postal workers include enough Deep State wannabes that it can't be fixed in time for a mail-in ballot election. Ready to say, Mrs President Pelosi? It's their plan.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: MDConservative 8/21/2020 10:08:17 PM (No. 517128)
The USPS says it has seen had no increase in claims for dead chicks. In the worst case, in Maine, the packages arrived in time. "Mishandling" by USPS contractors is suspected as the cause of 4500 chicks dying in that case. Those others complaining have the earmarks of "story tellers". Oddly none produces any proof of these dead chicks. At least one is identified as a Democrat. Another appears new to small poultry farming.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Penney 8/21/2020 11:12:43 PM (No. 517161)
Maybe it would be good to check on the Postal Union regarding the slow mail delivery lately. As has been posted earlier, that Union totally supports the dems. ...Between the current dem biased advocates dominating both the teacher's union and the Postal union, there is reason for concern.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 8/21/2020 11:53:06 PM (No. 517180)
Way back in the dark ages, we received baby chicks by mail in cardboard boxes with holes in them. Soon as we got the chicks, you put a purple pill in the water for them. It was exciting as a kid. I mailed a package for a birthday gift the second week of July. It took until today to go 18 miles. The only reason they probably got it today was because I called the post office on the other end. I understand a supervisor went out today with it. Had I not called, somebody else might be wearing the gift. The post office has been a failure probably since they stopped hiring all vets.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: 24tea@Mag 8/22/2020 12:29:26 AM (No. 517198)
Funny no one complained before USPS made the news. It must be a Demo thing. Here we go again. Why send them USPS anyway?
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