The guys have been working hard to get the chicken coop portion of our coop/shed building completed. They finished the trim and hanging the doors on Saturday evening.
Sunday after church we filled the coop with wood shavings and warmed the brooder box – and not a moment too soon.
We got a call from Cathy at the post office that our chicks had arrived bright and early Monday morning.
How can it be that live chicks arrive from Iowa in less than 48 hours and our mail often takes two weeks? These hatched Saturday at 6 pm.
I dipped each of their beaks in the water dish first thing. This is their first experience with water and drinking as they are newly hatched when they are boxed and shipped with no nourishment.
At first they all huddled together under the heat lamp.
After just a few minutes they started moving around and eating and drinking on their own.
They do sometimes flop down all sprawled out like there is something wrong – but in a minute or two they hop up and move again. They all seem to be doing well and survivied their shipping ordeal just fine.
The hatchery we ordered from also has many exotic and very rare types of chickens. As a bonus they will include one of the rare or exotic birds with your order. You don’t know what breed you might get, only that it is rare. The chick on the right is the exotic one we got. She is larger than the other chicks and has feathers all the way down her legs, so we think she is some type of Cochin – a fowl originally bred in China. It will be fun to see how she looks as she grows.
While we were settling the chicks this morning, we needed to get the shed warmer. Nick built a fire in the cookstove and then made good use of it to cook breakfast. He’s getting pretty good on that thing!