last thursday the post office really screwed up and never called me to let me know that my order from Meyer had came in. instead the sub carrier put them in his mail truck and carried with him while he did his route, he usually doesn't get to my neighborhood untill after 3 o'clock.remind you this is jacksonville fla and the temp was at least 95 that day. i had to go to home depot to get the last of the wood i needed to finish the extra coop for the meaties i ordered, when i got home and checked the mail and there was the note from the P.O. that my order of chicks was with him. that was at 4:15pm. I rushed to the post office .when i got there the manager said that the order was never put in the delivery truck an that they were sitting in the back churping away,after about 5 minutes she comes back up front and informs me that they did go out with the carrier. I told her that they should have never been put on the delivery truck because of the heat and asked why didn't they call me in the morning so i could of picked them up. she tried to tell me that it was a "courtesy call" and they didn't have to call me at all and that it was up to the carrier to do this. then she told me to go on home and the carrier would make a second trip as soon as they get a hold of him. i was starting to get mad and told her i should call animal code enforcement and file cruelty charges aginst them for putting the chicks in this heat. she said it wont do me any good as it "is a courtesy call". i still refused to leave until i got what i came for. about 15 minutes later the mail carrier showed up with the my order. i opened the box immediately while still in front of them, some how all 26 was still alive but as the cool air from the P.O. reached them they all collapsed and stopped churping. they were in real bad shape. i told them this is not the last you will hear about this. i rushed back home with them and got them set up in my chicken room and tried to get them to start drinking some water/gatoraid as that was all i had at the moment. i knew that no matter what i do that the damage had already been done and all i could do was hope for the best. by time i got up on friday 4 of them had died.i then called the 1-800 for the P.O. and filed a complaint about what was happening. by time they returned my phone call on saturday, i had lost another 7. and shortly after the call 1 more had died. I them called Meyer Hatchery and told them everything that happened and because it happened within the first 48 hours the loss is covered by them. Meyer's also told me that the "phone call" is not a "courtesy" it is mandatory because the chicks lives depend on it, and thats why it is set up the way it is. well tomorrow morning I am going to call animal code enforcement and file a complaint of 12 counts of animal cruilty against the mail carrier. all my other chick orders have worked out fine. but this is one i can't let go. i also plan on getting ahold of one of the local news stations to air my anger. Here in Florida you can't even leave a dog or cat in your car for 5 minutes, let alone carry them around for 8-9 hours. on the bright side i do have 14 healthy meaties to keep me going, and next month i get to have the replacement order instead of waiting until november for my last order of the year.