Billings Clerk Hatches Plan to Save Baby Chicks

General Expeditor Brenda Hansen with a healthy hatchling.

General Expeditor Brenda Hansen with a healthy hatchling.

Hatcheries frequently ship baby chicks through the mail. The process is both safe and convenient, ensuring that the young chicks reach their destination alive and well. Baby chicks can survive for three days without food or water by relying on their yolk sac for sustenance, but when a particular shipment of baby chicks went unclaimed for more than two days, Brenda Hansen knew their welfare was in jeopardy.

Hansen is a tour 3 general expeditor at the Billings Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC). When her facility received eight dozen baby chicks without a delivery or return address, she became concerned. After two days passed by without word from their owners, Hansen knew she had to act. That’s when she volunteered to care for them at her home until a new one could be found.

“Ms. Hansen has chickens of her own so she had space to care for them,” said Billings P&DC Manager David Brown. “Not many people would volunteer their time and space to step up and care for the birds.”

Though the owners never claimed the chicks, Broadview Post Office Officer in Charge Adele Ballard and Postmaster Relief Jayne Lee managed to locate a family that agreed to adopt them.

“I would like to recognize all three ladies with their combined efforts is the survival of the 96 chicks,” said Brown.

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3 Comments

  1. Maggie

     /  July 16, 2014

    I work in Express in Phx. We get chicks all the time. Our weather gets very hot May though October. In the trucks it gets over 120 degrees and we receive the rosters, chick and ducks either dead or almost dead. Very few live. Please do not ship the birds in the summer months. It is too hot for all animals. Thank you.

  2. grannybunny

     /  July 17, 2014

    There are rules regarding when live animals can be shipped, including the temperature ranges during which it is permissible/prohibited. Unfortunately, these rules are frequently not followed. Also, sometimes animals are shipped before a holiday, which can create a problem, because no recipient is available to receive them. God bless Ms. Hansen for stepping up and saving these chicks!

  3. Jonn

     /  July 18, 2014

    Thanks for keeping these precious creatures alive, Brenda! Every living creature deserves a chance at life. Unless it’s a mosquito. I never did like those bugs.

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