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My very first set of chicks arrived today!!!

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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 :hitbut 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!!

 

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Congratulations on your new chicks! :weeeI'm sorry to hear that one Black Australorp didn't make it, but I'm glad to hear that the rest are doing well. I hope they turn into beautiful, productive laying hens for you.:) What breeds did you get?

Owner of about 20 chickens and 12 exhibition rabbits

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Owner of about 20 chickens and 12 exhibition rabbits

Always happy to answer questions! You can ask me about diseases, raising chicks, feeding, and breeds!

 

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I didn't have a huge selection of breeds to choose from because of how late into the year we are, but I got 8 little ISA Brown's and, with the loss of the Aussie, 7 little Black Australorps. They're all just so darned cute that I can't stop going in a just watching them romp around the Tupperware tote I have them in! Looks like I'm hooked!! LOL.
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Congrats! They are sooo cute!:love

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Congratulations on your first flock! I'm sorry you lost one, that happens sometimes. You'll get lots and lots of eggs from the others once they are mature. But don't be in too big of a hurry for them to grow up, they're only small for a short period of time. Take lots of pictures!

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