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.
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.