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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MissMarple, Aug 18, 2019.
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So out of 38 you've lost 3? The shipping is what concerns me the most but I know lots of people do it and I mean, the ones at the feed store don't hatch in the back. Lol. Did you get specified breeds or their mixes? I love the grab bag type thing.
My poor hubby... he has to build a second coop now.
We got four ducklings in April too. They are doing fantastic. I want some more of those too in the spring. Chicken math isn't limited to just chickens.
Haha, thanks! I have no idea if we have any roos at this point but if we end up with one, we shall see what will happen!
We ordered from Meyer, 18 EEs and 6 BLs, all pullets of course. This was in February which had been beautiful - until a blizzard hit that week. Our whole order arrived cold and dead. So they sent a replacement order the folowing week, although it was still quite cold.
The postmistress from the next town over called to say they'd arrived and we should come get them. I said they were one post office short. She said they wouldn't arrive to my location till the next day and she feared they wouldn't make it. So I sent my teenager to run go get them immediately!
All but 3 were alive, warm and lively. We'd lost one BL and 2 EE. Of the remainder, 3 were cockerels and one became very hormonal and obnoxious at puberty. He and one other went to freezer camp. The third remains a useful gentleman, in tandem with my very polite and calm yearling roo, and between them they manage the 20 ladies nicely. Oh, and Meyer did refund me for the 3 chicks that died. I'll do business with them again. They're very supportive, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
Hah! Chicken Man made a joke about getting a duck. I said, "If we get one, we have to get two. Gotta make sure she/he has a buddy." He backed off. But then we wet to TSC for the last six chicks and the condition of the bins the ducklings were in and the poor ducklings themselves had me awake half the night. I've been fighting with myself all day about going back to get them and asking Chicken Man to build a duck house.
The one feed store buys from Cackle, so that is why I chose Cackle.
The first batch of 20... I had no losses.
The recent batch of 18, I lost 3. They were very small and one was lethargic. I tried some sugar water. I have save-a-chick electrolytes and probiotics in their water. The other two were lethargic but they perked up. Next morning, all three were "gone".
I got different breeds. I haven't tried the grab bag type of thing ... yet... lol
Edited to add: Cackle is in MO, so they aren't traveling all that far either.
I love that they both replaced and refunded! Googling them now... ya know, just for reference and..... wish listing.....
Yes! That's what I was looking at too; their location. We're down by Memphis but it's about a 5 hour drive from here to Branson, MO so it isn't terribly far. I was also trying to think about the type of climate their parents are raised in and whether or not it was similar enough to our's. All that fun stuff. So sad about the ones that didn't make it. I'm so sorry.
This spring DH and I decided 20-25 chicks was our limit. No problem, no additional coop needed, no additional run necessary. 25 chicks tops....
I now have 71 chickens, a brand new coop, and I'll be starting on the run next week....