The Post Office called this morning and said that the chicks that I had ordered came in today. This is my very first attempt at raising chicks & keeping chickens so I'm really, REALLY excited!!!!!!!
Unfortunately, one poor little Black Aussie didn't survive the trip but the remaining 15 are active, appear healthy & are eating & drinking well. I'm a big sap so, of course, I cried about the little one that didn't make it...and I took it out and buried it just under the edge of the elevated coop so she would always be close to her "sisters". And, yeah, already wondering how someone as sentimental and wussified about an animal dying like I am is going to "pot" her hens when they're laying careers are over. I can already see chicken math on the horizon!!
I do have to send out a special thank you to @Blooie, in particular, for being so encouraging, allaying my fears, answering what seemed to be my endless stream of newbie questions and for tutoring me in the awesomeness that is a heating pad suspended over a wire frame for a toasty chick brooding cave!! It's working great & I'm not a nervous wreck about the chances of electrical problems or fires!!