I received a phone call this morning at 6:40 from the United States Postal Service informing me that I had a package to pick up as soon as possible.
I jumped in the shower, threw on my clothes, and rushed off without a bit of make-up.
Yes, my friends, the day has finally arrived. The day I have longed for, anxiously crossing off calendar dates, to arrive.
Let’s open the box together!
I wish you could’ve heard the dozens of sweet little peeps that were escaping during the transport to my house.
There they are. Sweet little baby chicks. And one with chicken dookie on his back.
Unlike human babies, these little darlings came with instructions!
They shouldn’t be handled for the first 24 hours.
They need a box with water and a heat lamp. The temperature needs to be about 98 degrees.
You must take each bird and dip its beak in the water so they can begin drinking. Also, make sure the water is 98 degrees.
It does them some good to have a little sugar in their water, and to chop up a couple of boiled eggs to give them a strong start. Boy, did they like those boiled eggs!
You just need to sprinkle their feed in the box, so they can practice pecking for the first day, later they’ll learn to eat from the trough.
They’ve already grown so much today, I know they’ve gained at least 2 ounces each!
Also included in the instructions, way down at the bottom, was the stuff everyone forgets to mention about chicks, like: how to wipe pasty poop that gets stuck on their butt, and what to do when they pull their feathers out and start bleeding, how to prevent the chicks from pecking one another, and as a last resort for pecking how to cut part of their beaks off!! I will not be doing that. These chicks will surely behave.
So dear reader, this is my first chicken post. I say that because I’m sure it will not be my last.
What kind are they?
welcome to motherhood
I just LOVE to escape from the big city when I read your blog. It is so much fun, I just read this out loud to my husband and we oohed and awed. Thank you! Take care of those little cuties.. and I just hope they behave, too!
They look great!!!!! I can’t wait to watch them grow. How do you keep from loving on them, they are so cute.
I didn’t know you can get “chicks in the mail”. That looks like a lot of fun and also lots of work, but fun work. What are you going to do with them? Raise them for eggs? Your neice is going to love them!
Woot! Chicken Day!! 😀
I find it weird that they just come in the post. Also, those instructions – how can you dip their beaks in water without handling them??
Have fun with the cute fluffy chicks 🙂
Conrats, you’re a mommy! Believe this or not, my daughter got her “chicks” day before yesterday!! I think she said she got 32 altogether, they got some Rock Island Reds (or something like that;) I’m such a “city” girl!) It sounded like quite an assortment to me.. I know they got 5 “bantams” for my little darlin’ great grandbaby, Addie Rae, (she’s 3 next week) and I’m pretty sure her momma and my daughter will be doing most of the caretaking;) We are going to go there for her birthday so I’ll get to see the new “grandchickies”!!! Like you, she says they almost grow before your eyes at first! Hope you enjoy your new little family and that they all stay well and you don’t have to do any beak clipping 😦 Keep us posted on how it’s going O.K? Until next time … Donna
This is great. I can’t wait to ‘watch’ these peeps grow up!
congrats “mom”! Just seems wrong to feed baby chicks eggs though. just don’t tell them “hey, this could have been you!” lol
I just read your blog for this date tonite. And and pictures are gorgeous. They are so cute. Sorry to hear about the one that didn’t make it. Have fun with them-Looks like alot of work.
Not alot of work at all really. Much easier than a puppy or a kid!