Chick Diary Day 1

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I got a call from the post office at 7 this morning. The chicks are here!

I dropped the kids off at their bus stop, came home to change from pajamas to jeans & drove off into the sunrise to pick up my chicks. I snuck up to the back door of the post office & rang the bell. When she opened the door, I could hear all the little peepers peeping. That’s the sound of happy chicks.

I ordered 50 chicks last week. The hatchery shipped them yesterday & they arrived at the post office in less than 24 hours. I try to order from our closest hatchery because there is less chance of opening a box of dead chicks. The farther they travel, the longer they are cold & the more stressed they get.

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I hope they shipped all 50 chicks because I didn’t do a beak count. It looks like a good-size batch, so we’re good. I should have counted as I put them in the box. Oops. I was mostly concerned with dead chickies and there were none. Yay!

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I hung a heat lamp over them & they huddled together, knocking each other over. They were too cold. I added a second lamp, so they had room to split into groups.

They stretched out & fell asleep. Now we’ve got some happy little chicks!

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Most hatcheries will tell you to dip the new chick’s beaks in their water & food, so they know where it is. I’ve never had a problem with broilers finding food or water. These creatures were born to do one thing & on thing only – eat. O.K. 2 things – eat & poop.

It took them all of 2 seconds to find the water.

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Once the first chick found food, they all followed. one. two. three. ten.

Turkeys are another story. They were bred to be stupid. They can’t find food or water & are much more likely to die in transport than chicks. If they survive transport, they stare blankly at the feed or crawl right into the water fount & get chilled. Turkeys are like toddlers, you gotta keep an eye on them 24/7.

Little Chicken 24 hour update – All chicks are still alive. They emptied their feed bowl & drank a half gallon of water. What goes in, must come out. There’s poop in the pen, so I’d say we’re doing ok.

When chicks are warm, fed & content, they will sometimes stretch out under the heat lamp for a little nap. He may look dead, but once he hears the camera click, he will pop right up like a chick in the box.

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To see pics of the chicks outside, wander over to this page.

 

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