HELP! Ideal chicks came a week early! I'm not prepared!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by shelleyb1969, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I ordered chicks from Ideal and was told they would ship on 8/20. Well guess what, they arrived today! I am not set up with my brooder yet! I got them temporarily set up for tonight, but I'm concerned with their bedding. What should I use? I've got newspaper in there now, because that's all I've got. But I read that newspaper could cause them to become sprattle-legged. Is the newspaper ok for a day or two? These are black, silver laced, and golden laced bantam cochin babies...and they are sooooo cute. [​IMG] I will post pics as soon as I get over the shock of "premature" chickies! I'm not upset that they arrived early, but I'm very upset that I wasn't notified that they would be coming. I was 40 miles from home when I got the call from the post office! :mad:
     
  2. Lanissa86

    Lanissa86 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2008
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    I would use paper Towels instead of the newspaper. Your chickes sound adorable, can't wait to see pics!
     
  3. bluie

    bluie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have any paper towels? They don't get slick like newspaper and you can use them for a couple of weeks.
     
  4. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Thanks for such quick help! I'm changing the newspaper out to paper towels now!
     
  5. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that what your email said? I am on next week's shipping too. Maybe I'll call the PO.
     
  6. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    Quote:Yes, that's what my email confirmation said. And today I had the post office and Ideal Hatchery in a frenzy because they couldn't reach me to go pick up my chicks! [​IMG] Maybe if I had known, I would've been home. [​IMG] Needless to say, I did voice my opinion to Ideal regarding their shipping procedure. What if I had been gone out of state on vacation or something? I hate to think of what would've happened to these precious little guys!
     

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