It’s here, it’s here! It’s Peep! Peep! Friday. We are expanding our flock of girls and are leaving right now to go pick up our chicks from the feed supply store.
We have the chick area all set up with feeder, waterer and heat lamp and we are excited to welcome the little teeny girls to their new home.
Assuming the feed store is carrying the chicks they say they’ll have, we will be buying one each of the following breeds:
- Barred Rock
- Black Australorp
- Buff Orpington
- Partridge Rock
- Speckled Sussex
On Monday Operation Coop 2.0 (aka Bigger Coop) starts, so my the time the girls are ready to go outside, their new pimpin’ home will be waiting for them.
I’ll be updating with more info (and pictures!) when we get back and get the girls settled in. You know, just in case any of my readers find our adoption of baby chicks as exciting as we do….
We’re off to go get them!
UPDATE 10:20 AM:
We arrived at the feed store at around 7:30. We had a very complicated plan worked out that involved going to a store about 45 minutes from our home, but only 10 minutes from my husband’s work. If everything went according to plan, we would be able to pick up 5 of the 6 breeds we wanted, drop my husband off at work, get back to our neck of the woods and still get my daughter to school on time.
Nothing went according to plan. When we arrived, despite my (possibly erroneous) assumption, the chicks had not yet been delivered. They told us to come back at 10 AM. And 3 of the breeds we were planning on buying weren’t being delivered after all.
Ok…so, alternate plan. We dropped Homebrew Husband off at work, where we also did some research as to other feed stores that might have the breeds we wanted. One breed, Black Australorp, we had already planned on picking up at a different store, so we called them first. At 8:00, they were already sold out of that day’s delivery of Australorps. Another breed down.
So, we just went with it! We emailed the teacher that Bella would be late or absent to class. We left Nick at the office (someone has to pay for the chicken feed), and I returned with the kids to the original feed store. We picked the best of what was available, and I think it all worked out just fine.
We bought 2 of each of the following:
- Barred Rock
- Austra White
Bella carrying them in.
We got them settled into their new home, a big Rubbermaid rough tote filled with shavings. They seem thrilled with the new digs.
This is one of the Austra Whites. Not one of the original breeds we were gunning for, but so, so cute. They are creamy white with little black spots. They look like ermine fur.
The Ameraucanas already seem really friendly:
The Barred Rocks. They have some spirit! In the car on the ride home, one jumped clear out of the shoebox through the small little air gap I left open. I had to fish her out of the footwell while driving down the freeway at 70 and pop her back in the box. Then I made the air gap even smaller.
UPDATE 11:25 AM:
Bella is now doing a “Chicken Observation Report” of her own devising. She is sketching pictures (“Chicks have FOUR toes, not THREE!”) and writing down notes about the chicks. (“Chicks like scratch.”) Chick TV is in full effect right now. Every parent should get chicks just for the educational value.