The call came in at 6:00 AM this morning. Our chicks were at our post office ready for pick up. They had flown in overnight from Iowa. So Tom went to pick them up while I got the supplies ready. He also dropped off a package of yarn to be mailed.
It made me appreciate what a life line our post office (and the whole postal service) is for us. We get animals supplies that are not available locally mailed in. We mail our farm products out, recently wool fleeces and yarn. We love our Bow Post Office, and the folks that work there.
Here are the chicks, arrived safe and sound. The heat lamps are on, the water warmed up, and fresh newspaper and feed out for them. This is Tom dipping their beaks in water for their first drink.
And now they are in their new home. We ordered 25 Barred Rocks, 11 White Wyandottes, 11 Buff Orpingtons, and 11 Araucanas. They added a bonus exotic chick, it looks like we might have a crested one. They are mixed genders so some will grow up to be our layer hens and some will grow up to become chicken dinner. Our experiment last fall with hatching our own chicks did not turn out well. We ended up with mostly roosters. As several of our resident roosters are Phoenix, these chickens will not make a good dinner. So we went back to ordering purebred chicks. I am thinking about housing our best rooster with our best hens in the future to hatch better chickens for ourselves and not having to rely on the distant hatchery. But for now, we will enjoy raising their chicks and ultimately the food they produce.
Lamb (or Fat Sheep) Watch Day 19: no new lambs. Chronic sleep deprivation and irritability setting in.