It's that time of year again - time to order baby chicks.
In addition to meat birds (Cornish crosses), we wanted to get some more layers (we're down to ten right now, some of which are older and will be butchered when the new layers mature). We like having a mixed flock, so I wanted to get some Americaunas, Black Australorps, Barred Rocks, Golden-laced Wyandottes, and Silver-laced Wyandottes. We figured if we ordered them from our local feed store to arrive near the end of May, that would be suitable timing.
But when I went into the feed store yesterday, the chicks they had on order for the end of May didn't correspond at all with what I wanted to order. "What is it you want?" asked the clerk.
I rattled off my list of preferred breeds, and she replied, "Those are all arriving tomorrow."
Okay, so we got our chicks a little sooner than we anticipated.
Fortunately it's never a huge deal to get animals unexpectedly around here. First thing to do was find a place to put the chicks. I got the stock tank out of the unused pasture and cleaned it out.
Naturally the gang had to monitor these proceedings.
The feed store had lots and lots of chicks available, though many are already reserved for customers like us who ordered specific breeds.
I also bought a bale of shavings for bedding, and a 50-lb bag of chick starter (feed). Once we got home, we set up their new digs. The yellow chicks are Cornish crosses, meat birds which will get butchered in about three months. The darker chicks are assorted layers.
Of course the kids can't keep their hands off them.
Not that I blame them...they're awfully darned cute.