It’s pretty much a given that little to no work will get done on the day new chicks arrive. No matter how many times you have been through it, it always seems to be a brand new experience. And as usual, there is always one that needs a little extra attention.
The new clan of 30 layer chicks arrived in Northfield this morning and we got the call at 6:00 AM – you’re birds are here! After the first few years of getting chicks in the mail I have learned to time it to when Ian is home on school break. There just isn’t any point of me having all the fun. Luckily he made the coffee before he left…
Naturally, the first thing we had to do when he got them home was to re-figure our brooder arrangements. After all, we don’t want to do the same thing every year even if it works. As luck would have it we did have chick starter mash on hand. No, I didn’t pick it up when I was at Guy’s on Monday picking up layer pellets for our big birds. I decided to make a special trip in on Tuesday to get the chick mash.
So this year we have them in a stock tank in our mudroom with a nice base layer of bagged shavings. They seem happy – and loud. All except for one that has an interesting angle to its head – we don’t think that one is going to make it. Attempts have been made to hand feed, hand water, cuddle and caress but there is only so much you can do for a bent neck.
Overall we are pleased with this lively bunch of Barred Rocks, Partridge Rocks, White Leghorns, Ameraucanas, Golden Wyandotte and Welsummer pullets. No crazy high production hybrids for us. We’ll trade fewer eggs for personality any day!
I should try to salvage something of the day I suppose. Maybe write an SOP on chick arrival. First section – What to have on hand several days before the chicks arrive…Second section – plan to spend many hours of that first day simply watching and admiring…best to have dinner prepared the day before!