Heat Blamed On Deaths Of 1,000 Chicks

Jul 9, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Postal officials are blaming high temperatures for the deaths of about 1,000 chicks at a mail processing plant in Louisville.

United States Postal Service spokesman David Walton told The Courier-Journal that the chicks were among about 5,000 that were mailed on Friday from Iowa to recipients all over Kentucky. Walton said mailing chicks in cardboard boxes that include air holes is common.

Walton said when the chicks arrived by truck on Saturday workers noticed that chirping wasn't coming from some of the boxes and found the animals dead.

The National Weather Service said the high temperature on Saturday reached 105 degrees.