Sunday, June 22, 2008

We have 25 babies - and they came early!!!


Baby Chicks that is. I was expecting baby chicks on Tuesday but very early this Sunday morning I got a call from a very cheerful Post Office lady saying that there were baby chicks peeping for their mama.

We were nearly prepared: I'd ordered the chicks (vaccinated Light Brahmas from Murray McMurray hatchery), build the chicken coop - um - Mr. Green jeans did most of that, bought feeders and waterers, bought chick mineral starterer and was planning on getting chicken feed on Monday.... Uh oh, this is Sunday morning in rural America.

After church we went looking for for chick scratch. Walmart was the only store open -and they only had chicken scratch - which is coarse. So I called up the person with the milk cow to see if she had left over chick feed. She only had hog mash which is itself finely ground. That's it - the babies are adapting in place with hog mash this evening until mroning.

7 comments:

ilex said...

Oh wow, congratulations with your new babies! Let us know if they 'oink' tomorrow, instead of 'peep'.

Robbyn said...

Congratulations on the new babies! Can't wait to see pics as they grow :)

Tara said...

Pictures! Pictures!

Lewru said...

Yes, pictures!

Hausfrau said...

25! Will you be selling the eggs?

Verde said...

All, thank you for all your comments!

Pictures will be coming - they change so fast.

Hausfrau, I don't suppose we'll sell eggs - probably barter or give a lot away. These are mixed hens and roosters and so come fall their numbers will fall...sharply.

Songbird said...

Yes, I wondered about that.
Well, enjoy them while they are cute! And enjoy them differently later.