The incidents involving the baby chicks come as DeJoy’s leadership of the USPS has been widely criticized. DeJoy, a Donald Trump donor, has made several cost-cutting changes to the mail organization in recent weeks, raising questions about how the USPS will be able to handle the influx of mail-in ballots ahead of the November presidential election.
"This is a system that’s always worked before and it’s worked very well until these changes started being made," Pingree said, later adding, "Rural Americans, including agricultural producers, disproportionately rely on USPS for their livelihoods, and it is essential that they receive reliable service."
Pauline Henderson, who owns Pine Tree Poultry in New Sharon, Maine, was one of the many farm owners affected by the recent chick issue. She told The Portland Press Herald she was shocked to see that all 800 chicks she ordered last week arrived dead.
"Usually they arrive every three weeks like clockwork," Henderson said. "And out of 100 birds you may have one or two that die in shipping."
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