Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cheep! Cheep!

The chicks arrived yesterday morning, and everyone made it safely!

At about 7:30am, I was called by the post office to pick up my peeping package.

Inside were 8 little peepers huddled with bedding and a heating pack.  (they don't like to pose for pictures)

As I transferred each of them to the brooder, I checked each of them for "pasting up", a common condition among shipped chicks that can be fatal.  Thankfully, none of my chicks were constipated though I did notice a number of them still had their umbilical cords intact.  They just look like little black strings dangling from their behind, but don't tug it can hurt them.  Sorry no pics, but getting one of those fluffy little behinds to sit still long enough is quite the chore.  

I kept an eye on them for the first hour or so to make sure they found their water and food and to adjust the heating lamp to make them comfy.  Once they figured out where the food was, it was funny to watch them fighting over the feeder even though there are plenty of holes for each of them.  


  1. Oh my goodness! How cute! Do you raise chicks every year?

  2. Never done it before, but were not raising them for the farm, im gonna keep them for laying hens

  3. Adorable! I'll be watching with interest to see how this goes.