True, but the future owner is already on BYC well before they plan to get the chicks. There's at least some planning involved. They can easily be educated on what to look for in a breeder etc if they don't want to risk the USPS handling it. I personally am too frightened to have chicks shipped so I drove about 3 hours to pick up my latest additions. Ultimately its up to the individual.A lot of new to chicken people have no clue about chicken diseases... Nor do they understand how crappy people are when it comes to selling chicks to people who aren't in the know.