@chicklover56 I'm sorry you're having such a hard time with your chicks. I just had a customer come yesterday to pick up chicks from me & he said they have had a terrible time with some of the chicks from hatcheries dying. He said one hatchery they only lost a couple but another one they lost about two thirds of what they got. They don't breed but just want hens for laying eggs. He was glad to pay more to me for pure bred, healthy chicks & not have any shipped. They drove up from OK as well to get them. I told him with the way the hatcheries treat the chicks it's a wonder any get to anybody alive. I know they ship them very soon after they hatch & they have had no time to get stabilized before they have to make a very stressful trip through the postal system.
We got rain a couple of times last night, I sure welcome it since we had such a dry winter & I'm trying to get the field ready soon to turn my sheep & goats out there, it will really help. My DH is trying to dig a hole by hand to put in a post too & said when he got down aways it was really still dry & hard down there. This rain should help a lot with that since the hole would have gotten some water in it last night. He's trying to get another post put in so we can put in a gate between fields for the animals to pass through. It was either that or have to put a bunch of fence through the orchard to route them through there & I really hated to have to pound in all of those posts & waste t-posts for that.