Do I need to wait?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicks Galore3, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    My plans keep on changing for when I am getting my chicks. The set plan HAD been to get them a week from Saturday, because we were going to be in town. (I'm getting them from TSC.) A week or so ago I decided I would get them THIS Saturday, (tomorrow), because we ended having to go to town anyway. But then I realized, I am going to babysit for 4 hours 6 hours after I got them. Then, Sunday, I have to be at church early because I a part of a drama we are putting on, which also gets preformed at the evening service. SO I will be gone from 7am-7pm. (roughly.) All that to say.....I will be gone most of the first 48 hours of getting my chicks. There will be people home, just not the main chicken expert. I'm sure they can fill the food/water, see if anything major is going wrong. I'm not sure what to do....To wait or not to wait?
     
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  2. MamaInPajamas

    MamaInPajamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not really an expert since I just got my chicks yesterday, but I'd wait. I think it would be really distracting having them at home and worrying about them when you're gone for that long of a stretch (12 hours). Just wait until next week when you can give them more attention.

    Good luck!
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    You know you should hold off until you can be there for the chicks, knowing how critical those first few days are. The others in your household are far less likely to pick up on a chick who is in crisis than you are, and you know this importance of acting immediately in that event.

    If you need additional incentive to wait, consider how much mortality there has been this year due to harsh climate. Waiting a few days will weed out the chicks who were harmed in shipping. You're more likely to get ones that are stronger.
     
  4. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Thanks guys...I guess I knew I needed to wait but I needed some people to tell me NO! :)
     

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