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USPS Embargo

by | Feb 23, 2021 | Meyer Hatchery, Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about the United States Postal Service Embargo. An embargo is a government order that restricts commerce or the exchange of specific goods. These are usually created as a result of unfavorable political or economical circumstances. Last week a USPS Embargo was put into place restricting the transportation of live animals due to the winter storm that swept the nation. The Postal Service has since extended the suspension. We hope the embargo will be resolved this week, but the government can extend it again. Please stand beside us in voicing your concerns!

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about the United States Postal Service Embargo. An embargo is a government order that restricts commerce or the exchange of specific goods. These are usually created as a result of unfavorable political or economical circumstances. 

Last week a USPS Embargo was put into place restricting the transportation of live animals due to the winter storm that swept the nation. The Postal Service has since extended the suspension of accepting all live animals nationally for air transport throughout the week of February 22nd. The extension is said to be put into place, as the post office deals with a backlog of parcel shipments. 

So what does this mean for your poultry orders? Luckily, for Meyer Hatchery the timing of this embargo was just a few weeks off from our breeder hatch. We were able to take swift action to switch our weeks and prepare our barns. A breeder hatch is where we annually raise chicks for our fall breeding stock. We also raise many of these chicks for Started Pullets, which are 16-20 week old female chickens that are sold to the general public.

However, as the extension continues, the chicks from this second hatch will also be placed in our breeder barn, in addition to finding homes with customers requesting large orders, and to local stores for chick days. 

Customers who reside within driving distance from the hatchery were able to change their order status to pick-up, with the pick-up timeframe temporarily extended from Monday through Wednesday. 

The customer service team at Meyer Hatchery is diligently working with our customers to find future hatch dates for remaining orders. Please know we are working around the clock to accommodate you as well as find homes for the thousands of chicks we hatch weekly. 

Please know this is an incredibly stressful time for all involved. The embargo is completely out of control. The moment we found out, social media posts and newsletters were issued to keep you as informed as possible.  So how can you help during this unprecedented time?

Reach out to your representatives and senators to let them know your concerns with their decisions. Last year, when COVID restrictions began, industries like ours were considered an essential business; today, we were pushed to the back burner. You cannot simply ‘pause’ a hatch once the eggs are set. We believe live shipments should take priority, as their decision is negatively impacting not only us as a hatchery, but thousands of farmers, homesteaders, and poultry enthusiasts across the United States. 

We hope this order will be resolved this week, but the government can extend it again. Please stand beside us in voicing your concerns and join our newsletter linked below in the show notes, for the latest updates from Meyer Hatchery as we move forward. 

Thank you for your support, patience, and for listening to The Coop! 

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Kendra + Jeff
From Meyer Hatchery

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