Thursday, May 10, 2012

Cheep Cheep!

 The baby chicks finally arrived yesterday. Grandma Ettling received a call bright and early (she said before 6:30 a.m.!) from the Post Office saying that the chicks were ready to pick up. They came in a vented cardboard box that had bedding in it.

 We ordered 55, and they sent some extra chicks, I guess in case of any deaths. 35 of the chicks now reside at the Fluegge Family Farm. We ordered from Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon MO.
Mom and I ordered:
15 Buff Orpington, straight run
5 Brown Leghorn, straight run
5 Black Australorp, pullets
5 Black Sex Links, pullets
5 Americanas, pullets

Straight run means they aren't sexed, so there is a mixture of hens and roosters. Pullets are hens. We ordered straight run so we could eat some of the roosters later this year.
They are in an old house right now, in two large cardboard boxes that are taped together. There's a heat lamp, a quart jar of chick starter food, and a gallon water feeder.
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