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Fall is time for Chicks

WWWAAAYYY back in September we got a very special delivery from the post office:

LIVE BABY CHICKS! PLEASE RUSH!

LIVE BABY CHICKS! PLEASE RUSH!

What many people may not know is that you can order chicks through the mail. When we order we select a delivery date and usually receive our order within a couple days of the requested date. We always order when the days start to get shorter. This assures we have hens laying eggs when the days are at their shortest and the older hens more or less quit laying altogether.  The post office calls the moment they know whom to call to pick up the chirpy little creatures.

Chicks are pretty easy to care for as long as you have the proper equipment and feed supplies. We always get Quik Chick with our order. This is basically a chick electrolyte. Traveling through the mail when you are only a couple hours old can be stressful. Quik Chick helps the little bodies recover from their journey and hopefully be less likely to get sick.

Quik Chik from Murray McMurray Hatchery

Quik Chik from Murray McMurray Hatchery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also buy a bag of Purina Chick Starter. Our feed store is a Purina dealer so most animals, with the exception of the dogs, eat Purina food.

 

Start and GROW!

Start and GROW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the little critters arrive home we get them out of the box as quickly as possible in order to get them some water and food. They haven’t eaten yet in their young lives and they are hungry!

31 little chicks in a box

31 little chicks in a box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We usually get 30 chicks; 10 of 3 different breeds. This time around they were Blue Andalusians, Ancona and Araucanas plus one “Free Rare Exotic Chick”. The rare chick is how the hatchery gets rid of excess chicks. We enjoy the surprise and our extra this time is a treat. Check out this little thing:

She wears a top hat

He wears a top hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He will have feathers sticking right straight out the top of his head when he grows up. Isn’t he adorable!

Chicks in their new house

Chicks in their new house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have to have their beaks dipped into their water when entering the chick pen for the first time. This is to assure they know the sensation of drinking water and where to find it. They will stay in the chick brooder for about 4-6 weeks, depending on how fast they outgrow the space. They must also have a heat source until they are fully feathered at about 6 weeks. Until they they can’t keep themselves warm. It is nice to get them in the late summer in Texas because they don’t much need the heat lamp due to the high temps.

My next post will show you are “teenage” chickens!