ack, picking up chicks *tomorrow!* UPDATE: They're Here! w/ pics

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by patandchickens, May 2, 2008.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I just wanted to say, AAAAAAAACK! It turns out that I am supposed to go pick up my order of 20 chicks *tomorrow*, not Monday as I had thought. (Miscommunication). Gah! I have a brooder assembled but not yet furnished (tho I do have the stuff), warmed up or temperature-stabilized. I know what I'll be doing when DH comes home in an hour or so [​IMG]

    It's a 2-3 hr drive each way (actually it will be a longer day than that, since we are also picking up bareroot trees from a place about an hour away from the hatchery, *assuming* they have our order ready since I'd put myself down for a Sun or Mon pickup... but it's only half a dozen trees, they can go out there with a shovel if necessary, I hope....)

    I do not seem to do well with scheduling and chicken acquisition. Same thing happened to me last year - the pullets I'd ordered last year arrived unexpectedly 1 month early ("hello? this is the feed store, your chickens are here"... "my *what*?"... "your chickens, you can come pick them up any time this afternoon"... "but they weren't supposed to be here til next month"... "oh, we went ahead and ordered them early since we didn't know if any would be available next month"... [​IMG])

    So, wish me luck that they will do okay on the car trip (I'm bringing a chemical warming pak in case they need it, but I don't think they will) and not immediately go toes-up in the not-quite-totally-ready-yet brooder.



    Pat, who does Not Do Well With surprises
    Last edited: May 3, 2008
  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Just when you think you have everything figured out and timed just right, doodoo happens!! Hang in there! Have a safe trip!
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    "Life is what happens when you're busy making plans"
    They should be fine.
  4. bluie

    bluie Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Good Luck! You are so knowledgeable about stuff I am sure you will do great. What kinds of chickens did you order?
  5. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    From your posts I know you like to be methodical & exceedingly well prepared. So I am not at all worried or concerned for you. Those are some lucky chickens. Drive safe. [​IMG]
  6. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    They will be fine. Just remember to breathe and enjoy them.
  7. Tutter

    Tutter Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    N. California
    Ack, a certain Tutter doesn't like those type of surprises, either. What if you'd not been home? On a long weekend trip, dreaming of Monday? [​IMG]

    That said, I know everything will be fine. You will be scrambling, but it will work out great. You're only a cpl of days off this time, not a month like last time. (What *were* they thinking? That was a terrible thing to do to a person!)

    I hope your trees can be gotten easily, without having to give anyone the evil eye and explain what kind of day you're having! [​IMG]

    Have a safe trip, and when you get half a moment, please let us know how it went, and how the birds and trees are. [​IMG]
  8. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    Quote:Ditto! You'll be fine!!! Enjoy your chicks!!! [​IMG]
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    They're here! [​IMG]

    10 Speckled Sussex, 6 Golden Campine, 4 Buff Chanteclers. The SS are striped very much like little chipmunks; the GC are a very pretty brown/tan/grey marbled spotted kind of effect; and of course the Buff Chanteclers are boring yellow [​IMG] The chanteclers do, however, distinguish themselves by the occasional unprovoked athletic leap high over the other chicks' backs, or hurtling across the food dish, or leaping at my hand, or other inexplicable feats of athleticism.

    All of them are eating and drinking like little piggies (and, at the moment, napping). They all seem perfectly fine to me except that one of the GC is significantly smaller than its hatchmates, and spends a lot of time just standing somewhat unsteadily in one place or napping. It does not seem to have the same friskiness as the others although it *is* eating and drinking. Should I be doing something? I suppose I will go ask in the Raising Baby Chicks section.

    Here is a lousy picture of the whole bunch of them:


    And here is Harry, almost 4, with the chick he picked out as the one he wanted to have his picture taken with. Why this one? Who knows [​IMG]


    I'm feeling pretty ok about the whole baby chick thing now that we actually have them, though -- while they are seriously clueless, they have an amazing amount of enthusiasm for life in general [​IMG] I hope that one little runt is ok.

    We picked up my bareroot trees, too, but with >2" of rain I don't know how I'm going to plant them - I couldn't even heel them in to the veg garden when we got home because it was nearly underwater. I guess something will work out tomorrow.

    Off to check the chicks again!

    Thanks for the encouragement,

  10. CathyB

    CathyB Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    Your sons face holding that baby chick is priceless! Congrats!

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