Last night I tried to post some photos and the BYC server wasn't cooperating. Grrrr. Tried without success for over an hour before I went to bed. The plan for today was to nestle inside (except for flock chores) ALL day, because The Storm was forecast to come in around midnight and last into Thursday. I had traded my usual every-two-weeks Monday off for Wednesday because I had to be present on Monday for a huge project implementation. (It went well, some bugs tweaked away on Tuesday, more to discover by the end of this week, I'm sure.)
The rain started after 1 AM. Lots of wind before that. I got up around 8-ish and padded around in my nightshirt and slippers over to the sofa recliner to watch recorded TV.
Got a surprise call from the UPS Store where I keep my mailing address - "Linda, your chicks are here. please come get them because their chirping is going to make me crazy."
Uhhh..... I was "watching TV" in my sofa recliner and the cat was sleeping on my phone.... I retrieved that message almost 2 hours later than it was delivered. Chicks? I have chicks?
So I called back to say I was an hour and a half away and on my way. And I was! Despite the fact The Storm had arrived.
14 WCB Polish chicks from dickhorstman! WAHOOO! He e-mailed me YESTERDAY to tell me they were on the way, but I hadn't opened my e-mail during the "upload this post" fiasco. Ooops.
There's a new employee at the UPS Store where I get my mail. She was VERY excited about the chirping box o' chicks. I opened it there so she could take a picture.
She said "Keith says you raise chickens." Yup. "Do you have any ducks?" Yup. "Do you sell their eggs?"
Well, I haven't yet, because the four girls have JUST started laying, and folks usually don't want duck eggs. But I love the taste and they are so good in baked foods!
The gal said she'd love to buy some regularly if I would sell them to her when my Cayuga girls start laying regularly.
I took out one chick to take a picture
and then I repackaged everybody and headed home again.
Now, my personal opinion of The Big Bad Storm is huh? The news was all upset about this? Granted, I am below the snow line, but it's just wind and rain, folks. I've driven in worse when I first bought the house, during the surprise May snowstorm which was just rain at the altitude where I drive. NASTY rain, that was. This one? Wuss. For "the first storm of the season" it's nowhere near as tremendous as all the flatlanders seem to think it is. <*smirk*>
Although there was some sleet on the drive back... I had a stop first; I gave six of the fourteen chicks to HHandbasket. Then I zipped home and put my 8 chicks in with the Silkie chicks in the brooder..... Leaving my car at the foot of the driveway because the rain had made the pine needles on the steep drive too slick for me to get the car up to the house. That will be not so fun when I need to go to work tomorrow morning. Oh well.
At first, the 3 Silkies were afraid of the Hoard of WCB Polish chicks rushing them - they tried to run away from them (in the brooder bin). The chicks followed. The Silkies kept moving. The chicks kept following. I tucked the chicks under the EcoGlow. They came out and continued to huddle around the silkies. Finally the silkies just huddled in a corner with all 8 chicks snuggled around them, still peeping. Because they were at the cold end of the brooder.
I tucked the chicks under the EcoGlow again. This time they stayed there.
I was worried the silkies might peck at the chicks.... so I'll keep a very close eye on them tonight. I just don't think it's gonna be a problem, though.