AMES LAKE, Wash. — An Ames Lake couple wants to know how and why 24 baby chicks died in the mail.
William Cutler and his wife planned to breed their flock of Dutch Bantam chicks with the two dozen they ordered from Backyard Chickens in Texas.
Shipping chicks is common across the U.S. Hundreds of thousands are mailed every week. They can survive three to four days after birth with the yolk attached.
But the Cutlers got a call their chicks did not.
"And said they’re all dead," Cutler explained.
That call came from the post office Monday, he says, four days after the delivery receipt says the chicks showed up at a Seattle distribution center.