USPS Info. you might want to know?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CluckyCharms, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Hello,

    I'm sure many of you already know this (particularly those who have had chickens a while) but this is good information for those who are new (like me).

    I called my post office this afternoon just to let them know that we have baby chicklets being sent out on Monday, and to let them know our phone number in case it was missing from the package. I was quite surprised when I found out the following:

    Live fowl arrive at our post office anywhere between 2am and 4am daily. I asked if this was common, them arriving at this hour, and the postal worker said that as far as he knows, it's usually this way for the majority of post offices around the country (we live in the USA). He said they usually call the recipients after 8am when most people are awake. I then asked him if there were actual workers in the post office at 3-4am and he said yes, we have short staff at 2am to 8am. I said "Please call me the moment they arrive then, don't wait until 8am" and he took my name, phone number and address and said he would post it on the bulletin board for incoming fowl and other live shipments, so other workers would see it and contact me immediately, regardless of who is working.

    I realize baby chicks don't need anything for quite some time, because they're still absorbing their yolkers. However - I would MUCH rather get out of bed at 3am to get my chicks than to have them sit in a dark box in a post office for many, many hours with no heat lamp.

    I just wanted people to know this so you can contact your post office and ask them at least - when live birds are usually received at their location (if you're concerned about them being in a box all alone without heat like I am).

    We'll be going to pick them up when they arrive.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2012
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    I think it varies from one post office to another. I know mine get them at 6 am, and they do call me as soon as they arrive of course I've always given them notice when I'm expecting them. The last bunch I ordered, the supervisor actually drove them to our house for us!
  3. LaPetiteFarmer

    LaPetiteFarmer Songster

    Feb 9, 2012
    Vista, CA
    Same here. As soon as they arrived (6am both time) they called me right away. However, it was a headache to track them.
  4. daoustaj

    daoustaj Chirping

    Aug 22, 2012
    Mine arrived just before 6am and they called me right away.
  5. daoustaj

    daoustaj Chirping

    Aug 22, 2012
    It may depend on when air shipments arrive and if they have to travel to the post offic and where it ise. I know mine flew by air, and our main mailing place is about 3 hrs away????
  6. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    Is this a hub?
  7. Hmm..if I have the definition of the term 'hub' correct, yes. It's one of the three main post offices in the city. They get the mail and distribute it to the other locations. However - they're the post office that has our zip code, so we get our mail directly from their postal workers.
  8. growyourbrew

    growyourbrew Chirping

    Jul 17, 2012
    yeah, mine always arrived at 6am or so as well
  9. LarissaSlates98

    LarissaSlates98 Chirping

    Feb 23, 2012
    I'm ordering around 15 baby chicks. How long can they go wo a heat lamp? So I know if I have to tell the PO to call me immediately.
  10. Rosy0917

    Rosy0917 Hatching

    Oct 29, 2012
    North Carolina
    My post office is also 6-7am. I just picked mine up last week from them. I'm really glad it wasn't 3am!

    Depending on where you order yours from, by mine had a heating thing in the box with them so they were still pretty toasty when I went to pick them out, and I noticed the heating thing stayed pretty warm for another day after that.

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