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no more flat-rate usps boxes? - shipping chicks

updated thu 4 jan 07


pdp1@EARTHLINK.NET on wed 3 jan 07

Hi Lois,

Mailing live Birds, or fertile Eggs also, mailing
Pigeons or Squabs or various kinds and ages of
Chickens or Ducks, used to be quite common
and still is carefully tended to by the USPS.

Far as I ever heard, dissapointment was very very

If the USPS decides while you are at the Counter,
that the destination is snowed in or in a Tornado
Watch or Flood or what have you, they will refuse
to do the ship till things clear up, or, such used
to be the deal with this anyway...

Same with live Bees...

This is a special class and uses special cartons
usually and special unambiguous
markings/labels/tags for keeping track of these
kinds of shipments.

For that matter, UPS used to but I think no longer
does, have a special class of "Hand Carry Only"
that in theory cost $5.00 extra, that meant the
parcel did NOT go onto the conveyor belts, nor did
it get thrown violently into the Truck, which two
scenarios are "where" the damage tends to occur...

Too bad the airline assholes do not at least offer
some similar option in lieu of their reliably
ruining any Luggage they are allowed to process
unless it is garbage in the first place, which
nothing could effect the appearance of...



Las Vegas

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lois Ruben Aronow"

> > Lord, Lois, why don't you tell us what you
REALLY think,
> > LOL!!! I mean really, no need to be coy here.
> After all these years, I'm people on this list
would wonder what was wrong
> with me if I was coy. ;-) My friend in Pueblo
Colorado used to frequently
> send chicks, chickens and eggs thru the post. I
doubt any of them would
> have gotten here.
> And yes, I live in NYC - Brooklyn. A very
desirable part of Brooklyn at
> that. But the PO that serves my zip code, and
the ones that serve the
> surrounding zips (including the one that serves
my studio), are hell holes.
> My mail carrier is great, but they turn over
frequently. We've kept the
> same guy for 2 years now, which is a long time.
The short answer to where I
> get stamps is: at the general Post Office -
there is one big one for each
> borough. If I'm doing a mass mailing, I will
plan ahead and order postcard
> stamps on-line. And I'm not kidding about there
being an active drug trade
> by the post office. The other big problem is
receiving packages that have
> been sent to me. Sending packages is a whole
other adventure.
> Our PO will not deliver regular USPS packages,
regardless of size, to your
> door. Going to the PO to pick up the package is
horrible. There is one
> window for pick-up, at which there may or may
not be a person. The holding
> area is clearly too small for all the packages,
and they frequently lose
> them back there. Even if I am specific and say
"it's an Amazon box - look
> for the logo (I will also try to be specific on
the size, big or small) they
> have lost several in what seems to be an abyss.
When they DO find your
> package, the very nice man behind the window has
to write all the
> information in a LEDGER. For some reason, they
don't give him a computer or
> a bar code scanner.
> I have twice received broken pottery, which was
insured by the sender. The
> Post Office insists on keeping the pieces and
packaging to process the
> claim, and both times they have lost the work at
the PO and denied the
> claims.
> Probably more information than you wanted, but
that's it in a nutshell.
> > Seriously, Don't you live in NYC? I wouldn't
expect great
> > service there anyway, just because the place
is so damn big.
> > HOWEVER, I do agree w/ you that there's no
excuse for them
> > not having stamps. I mean come on - if you
can't get 'em at
> > the post office, where ya gonna get 'em?
> >
> > I've had good service AND bad service from the
PO. I now
> > have a delivery carrier who isn't afraid of
chickens, and
> > that's a GOOD thing. ;)

Cheryl Weickert6 on wed 3 jan 07

Mailing live birds, and eggs of all types is still very common with the
USPS. My husband has recieved by mail birds, chicks and eggs. Usually no
problem, sometimes a few of the eggs are cracked, then he makes a claim
and hasn't had any problems getting his money back if they are insured,
and they're normally insured. The first time we got eggs the mailman
thought we were nuts, but they did hatch out, this all depends on how well
they were taken care of after they were laid, and how well they are

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Pinky, in white, icy MN

On Wed, 3 Jan 2007 00:38:12 -0800, pdp1@EARTHLINK.NET wrote:

>Hi Lois,
>Mailing live Birds, or fertile Eggs also, mailing
>Pigeons or Squabs or various kinds and ages of
>Chickens or Ducks, used to be quite common
>and still is carefully tended to by the USPS.
>Far as I ever heard, dissapointment was very very