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

  • Century-Old link in supply chain critical to small producers
  • Maine Democrat says all 4,800 chicks died in one shipment
Haden Gooch
Haden GoochSource: Haden Gooch
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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, losing about a fifth of his stock each time. Over six years of farming, he can’t remember losing more than 25 in a shipment before.