My mail lady was coming up the road so I crossed the road to save her the turn around she usually makes. As I walked up to her I could see she was not a happy camper and looking ill. As I got closer I could tell why...the smell was horrid! I asked her what in the world that smell was...she said "I have baby chicks to deliver and they stink bad".I looked in the back and sure enough there were 4 full boxes of chicks but not a peep could be heard. I said...that is not right or normal...they should not smell like that. She told me she tried to call the woman at 8:30 this morning when they arrived to come and pick them up but she failed to reach her so she was delivering them because it was smelling up the post office. I could not stand it so I told her we needed to check them...if they needed food or water, I had some in the house and we could get them fixed up before she went on her way.She was not going to allow me to look at them but my pleading won her over...I told her whoever bought them would be thankful someone cared and took the time to check on them and give them food and water if they needed it..so she went to the back with me in tow and pulled the boxes to us and gently undid the lid to the box...there was a full box of dead chicks! So I told her to grab another box and open it. Same thing. All 4 boxes were full and all were dead! I could not help it...I broke down into tears as we opened these boxes...frantically looking for any signs of life. These chicks were shipped from"Minnesota" (she would not let me see the name of the hatchery) and they were shipped via REGULAR MAIL...5 days ago! Such a needless waste and she has to deliver them(along with my name and number so she can tell the lady who forced her to open the boxes and check on them) and this person is receiving 4 boxes of dead and decaying chicks. All I can say is.....I came in the house and immediately went to my 6 girls and patted each one. I hope the ABSOLUTE IDIOT that packed and shipped those chicks comes down with a severe case of the runs and vomitting that lasts for days! Hopefully that would send the point home about how those poor chicks must have felt in a box dying and no way to save themselves. Oh I am just sick! Good thing she would not let me know which hatchery it was because I would post it here, build a webpage and announce their disgusting treatment of animals and as much as I despise PETA...I would call them too! Oh I am furious! I am also still sad and sickened. Thanks for reading/listening.