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        03-26-2010, 01:36 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Oh dear!

    See, I've been out of the loop for too long. *lol*

    Back when I used to keep chickens, ordering pullets meant you would get partially grown chicks that were 60 days old. Ready to go straight into the coop, feathered enough to readily sex.

    Apparently times have changed. And I have failed to keep up.

    This morning the post office calls me to let me know my chicks are in. I went to pick them up, and they hand me this tiny, cheeping box. 25 pullets in something about the size of half of a shoe box? I experienced a bit of paranoia and called the hatchery on the way home.

    "You're right" The receptionist says. "Traditionally, pullets were always shipped at 60 days. But here at Mt Healthy Hatchery, we employ two full time specialists in the field of chick sexing. So your chicks were hatched on Wednesday."

    Oh dear.

    I was completely unprepared for newly hatched chicks. I was counting on 60 day olds that could go straight into the coop with just a brooder light. It took some scrambling to arrange a place for these tiny babies, since they have to be kept at 95 degrees for 2 weeks.

    So here they are! Only lost one buff orpington in route, but they happened to have one extra buff orpington in the box so I'm right for numbers.










    And yes. My attempt at a hasty chick incubation set up did involve a dog bathtub and my bedroom closet - the only room in the house I can set separately at a constant 95 degrees with no drafts. For the next two weeks. Shut up, I can hear you all laughing already.
         
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        03-26-2010, 01:41 PM
      #12
    Super Moderator
    I'm not laughing! I didn't even notice that it was a dog bath, I though it was just a big rubbermaid bin. Hahaha I think it's adorable!
    They are exceedingly cute! They look so snuggly too. =)
         
        03-26-2010, 01:43 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I got my babies about two weeks ago!

    2 EEs (easter eggers = Mutt chickens who lay pretty eggs)
    2 Cornish Xs
    2 Cochins - Buff and Blue
    1 Australorp
    1 Dominique

    Coop delivered today, and the babies will be OUT OF MY HOUSE by this weekend! They are too big for the brooder and are flying all over the place!
         
        03-26-2010, 02:11 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Wallaby, it's not much different than a rubbermaid bin on legs - except it's open at one end (so I taped up a piece of cardboard over that, and over the drain). They seem to have settled in happily scratching away at the shavings and all have been drinking. Not like I was getting any sleep at night anyways. And since I had the work done on my room last fall, I had a master bath put in and a 12x9 closet added, I have not put down my new floors yet, so if it gets very messy up there I guess it isn't a huge deal. *lol*

    Alabamahorsemom, I had the coop all set and ready 2 weeks ago, I thought they'd be going out there! Was NOT counting on chickens in my closet! *lol* My neighbor has easter eggers, the blue-green eggs are so pretty. I got 25 - 13 Rhode Island Reds and 12 Buff Orpingtons. It's been so many years since I had chickens, I wanted to stick to the "piece of cake" breeds. Next year I might add in something else. Good luck with getting them moved outside!
         
        03-26-2010, 02:27 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Indyhorse    
    My attempt at a hasty chick incubation set up did involve a dog bathtub and my bedroom closet - the only room in the house I can set separately at a constant 95 degrees with no drafts. For the next two weeks. Shut up, I can hear you all laughing already.
    Oh I'm not laughing, my child brought home 2 chicks from school (Kgarten hatches eggs) that were that size. I wasn't even slightly prepared, they ended up in a birdcage w/heat lamp (leftover from pet lizard) covered with a blanket in my dining room! Our dog wasn't a problem, the first time he met them, one pecked him on the nose and he was very careful to give them a WIDE berth after that!

    I'm jealous! We had to give ours away when both ended up being roosters (no roosters allowed in city limits) and someone complained to animal control. We've since moved to a rural area and the stupid planned neighborhood my husband HAD to live in does not allow chickens or anything else that could be considered a farm animal. The local shop here had dozens and dozens of lil yellow, cheepy chicks this week.... I want some!
         
        03-26-2010, 02:33 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Indyhorse    
    Wallaby, it's not much different than a rubbermaid bin on legs - except it's open at one end (so I taped up a piece of cardboard over that, and over the drain). They seem to have settled in happily scratching away at the shavings and all have been drinking. Not like I was getting any sleep at night anyways. And since I had the work done on my room last fall, I had a master bath put in and a 12x9 closet added, I have not put down my new floors yet, so if it gets very messy up there I guess it isn't a huge deal. *lol*

    Alabamahorsemom, I had the coop all set and ready 2 weeks ago, I thought they'd be going out there! Was NOT counting on chickens in my closet! *lol* My neighbor has easter eggers, the blue-green eggs are so pretty. I got 25 - 13 Rhode Island Reds and 12 Buff Orpingtons. It's been so many years since I had chickens, I wanted to stick to the "piece of cake" breeds. Next year I might add in something else. Good luck with getting them moved outside!
    They have all been pretty piece of cake so far. They are so cute... I love them!

    You should join Backyardchickens.com I have learned sooo much from there!

         
        04-15-2010, 05:33 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Okay I need another memory refresher from you chicken people!

    My chicks have now been moved out into the coop, (for about 5 days now) with a brooder light, but they have become *mostly* feathered, and all are doing great.

    The weather has been really good, it's really warm out, so this last week, after the first few days in the coop, I have been leaving the coop doors open to let them come out for a couple supervised hours a day.

    Not one of them has set a willing foot outside the coop doors. They seem terrified of it. If I go in and swoosh them all out, they will wait until I step back and run right back in. This seems totally contradictory to my memory, of course my chicks before have always been quite a bit older, but it seems like throwing out some scratch on the ground in front of their coop was all the prompting it took to make them quite eager to come out and explore. But as mentioned, I always got 60 day pullets in the past, these are little guys, not yet 4 weeks old. But there plenty mobile, flying already, roosting on their perches, eating well, staying well grouped, and scratching/dustbathing in their coop so I figured they would be up for some bug hunting and supervised outdoor time.

    Am I rushing things? Are these guys just instinctively too young yet? How do I get these chickens to stop being...well...chicken?
         
        04-16-2010, 04:10 PM
      #18
    Foal
    They are so cute. I love little chickens, so adorable.
         
        04-16-2010, 04:16 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Chase them out and shut the door.

    I put mine out for an hour or two at a time (I generally sat out there with them since we had hawks around) until they started going out on their own and staying out.
         
        04-17-2010, 09:00 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Shut. The. Door.


    *shaking my head and laughing* TRUST ME to fail to think of something as simple as that! Goodness!

    I do keep intend to just let them out for now while I am gardening, because they are still small enough to be carried off by hawks, or be harassed by my barn cats (well, maybe not anymore, but I am paranoid.) Thanks for the tip Delfina!
         

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