"Hi, this is Ruth from the Post Office..."
I think I said: "They're here!" I had received an email from the hatchery saying they would be shipped yesterday and would arrive Sunday -Wednesday. So much for autobot email. I was ready with everything but securing the sides of the coop with wood to keep the temp up. So we went to the airport, got the grandson and went to the post office. E held the chicks in the box on his lap, peeping the whole way home.
Or son and fiance came over and helped put the wood on the nursery. The chicks sat in the bathtub in their box with a lamp over it suspended from the shower rod. I got the temp in the nursery up to 95 degrees and in they went. A few still had their egg tooth. Which is used to peck through the shell, and then falls off. As we were putting them in, it looked like there were more than 24. Hmmmm.
|A crazy brahma doing the chicken dance :-)|
When we changed the papers in nursery we counted the chicks as we took them out. 27 not 24. On the invoice in the box I noticed that more Langshan chicks had been added, as well as a "surprise exotic breed." There is one chick with zebra stripes on it's back and a buff colored head. I think it's a Seabright bantam. It would be my first of that breed.
Tonight they are back in the living room in front of the patio doors. In the next few days I will work on making the nursery warmer, so they can stay outside at night. It's still pretty cold here in NM and they need more insulation. There is still so much work to do on "Fort Chicken.". The whole family worked outside today. It was back breaking work moving tons of stones, landscaping cloth, and putting down the chicken wire. But they all lovingly did it, as they know how happy keeping chickens has always made this mother hen.
Tomorrow night is the "Chick Party." I am baking chick shaped sugar cookies, and egg dishes. Good night chickens, and good night to you all.
Every day is a gift. Open now.