Thousands of chicks arrive dead to farmers amid USPS turmoil

PORTLAND, Maine — At least 4,800 chicks shipped to Maine farmers through the U.S. Postal Service have arrived dead in recent weeks after rapid cuts hit the federal mail carrier’s operations, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said.

Pingree, a Maine Democrat, is raising the issue of the dead chicks and the losses farms are facing in a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and U.S. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Sonny Perdue, The Portland Press Herald reported.

Pauline Henderson, who owns Pine Tree Poultry in New Sharon, Maine, told the newspaper she was shocked last week when all of the 800 chicks sent to her from a hatchery in Pennsylvania were dead.

“Usually they arrive every three weeks like clockwork,” she said. “And out of 100 birds you may have one or two that die in shipping.”

Thousands of birds that moved through the Postal Service’s processing center in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, were also dead, impacting several farms in Maine and New Hampshire, Henderson said.

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I think if inspectors investigate this say by looking at surveillance footage they will find out how the shipments of these chicks maybe have been intentionally delayed as a political move by certain employees because of outcry and attention it would cause these employees should be charged with animal cruelty and lose their jobs if the inspectors find this evidence that’s the postal gossip who knows ?

How can you blame employees when the mandate to delay mail comes straight from Dejoy.
Point the fingers in the right direction who wants to lose their jobs over not doing what they are told.