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The Babies Arrived!!

October 13th, 2006 at 07:53 am

It's been a busy morning here at our little "ranch". I got the call from the post office a few minutes after 5........and headed off for what I thought was the post office. (I had called yesterday to get address & directions, since I needed to go to the next town & hadn't ever seen the P.O. there)

After dinking around in the dark and the FOG.....I finally found the post office, only to be told the package was at the Annex. Who knew??

With a new address and directions, off I went, still dark........and still in the FOG.....lots of FOG now.

Couldn't come up with anything that remotely resembled a post office, pulled off and called. Got more directions, which all relied on me being able to see landmarks. HA. No landmarks visible. I finally stumbled upon the Annex. Then, had to find someone coming in to point me to a door that I could get into.... no easy task.

After an hour...........or more.........I did get to pick up my box of baby chicks!
Hustled them into the van, had the heater on.....and drove them home to the newly prepared coop.

Took them out of the box one at a time and dipped their beaks into the water, then into the food before setting them in their new, fully furnished chick condo. Without a thermometer, I'm guessing I have their area at 80 degrees or so...... which should work just fine for a few days, then I can start raising their heat lamp a bit.

One little chick didn't make the trip, she was toast when I opened the box. That's happened to me once before, so it was no surprise.....But, it looks like the other 24 are making themselves at home and are already drinking their fill and beginning to scratch around in the chick-start feed.

10 Responses to “The Babies Arrived!!”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hehe. Congrats, mommy. Can you take pictures for us to look at?

  2. Ima saver Says:

    Yeah, what fun, I love baby chicks and ducks!

  3. contrary1 Says:

    I am trying on the picture bit. Very challenging it seems. Perhaps the getting up prior to dawn?? Just now getting coffee?? Little people inside my PC playing havoc?? Not sure.

    Have a bunch of pictures, had one ready to go and realized it showed the one who didn't make the trip.........& figured it might be just a tad much this early in the AM for some folks... So, am downloading some new ones already.

    We'll see if I get smarter as the day goes on..........

  4. mjrube94 Says:

    My daughter is in second grade. In the spring, each 2nd grade classroom gets some eggs and watches the chicks hatch. (I'm sure there's some science thrown in there somewhere, but the kids just think it's cool). I don't know what they do with the chicks once they're hatched.

    Maybe you could suggest partnering with schools in your area: If you consider yourself an expert, they can pay you to come in and do a little assembly about the hatching and care process, set up chicks in each room, and take them back when the semester is over.

    If the school doesn't need you to do the talking, maybe you could just provide the chicks (splitting the cost, of course!) and take them back at the end of the school year.

    I know our school is always looking for outside programs to bring in, either through the school itself, or through our parent-teacher organization. Doing a similar thing for girl scouts/boy scouts is another option (I'm sure they'd get some sort of badge for it!).

    Wow, I wish I could think of ways to make extra money for myself, but I don't think I lead nearly as interesting a life as you!

  5. princessperky Says:

    MJ who says you can't get some chicks?

    though I personally wouldn't survive the 'toasted one' bit teary eyed just posting...

    cute picture

  6. miclason Says:

    cute picture!
    chicks in a FedEx box! ...cool!

    sorry about the one that died... Frown

  7. PRICEPLUS Says:

    I wish I had some more property but I don't think the DW would like chickens in the yard! They are cute though!Smile

  8. Lau Says:

    What do you use the chicks for? Eggs? Meat?

  9. sarah Says:

    You are braver than I am. I don't have the nerve to raise chickens. I'll stick to my two cats.

  10. homebody Says:

    My YD who was 7 at the time won a chick in an "animal scramble" at the local rodeo. Flower was our pet for 8 years. She was as much fun as a cat. We picked her up and petted her. YD took her to school to share. She would peck at the window when she was ready to go to bed at night (in the garage in a cage, since a raccoon tried to get her one night), and shared/fought over food with our sweet Nina (our German Shepherd/Rhodesian Ridgeback), who was lost without her after she passed away. YD was devestated at the time. We have fond memories of her. Yes we did eat her eggs when we could find them...

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