I gott'em, I gott'em, I GOTT'EM!!!! (with pics)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by beebiz, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. beebiz

    beebiz Songster

    Jul 2, 2007
    W. Tennessee
    I ordered 25 Dark Cornish male chicks from Ideal hatchery last week. I'll use them to cross with my Buffs for meat chickens. They hatched and shipped out this Wednesday, Oct. 10 with an anticipated delivery date of today, Friday, Oct. 12. Last night, the temps here dipped down into the low 40's. Not wanting the babies to get chilled any more than they had to, at 5:00 AM this morning I went to the post office and picked them up!

    After a rather bad experience earlier this year with another hatchery, I really expected to find at least one dead chick in the bunch. But, there wasn't!! Ideal sent 26 chicks and I am proud to say that they are ALL very much ALIVE!!!!!!!! As are most any baby chicks, they are cute as a button!! They are extremely healthy looking, very active, and very loud!!

    I made sure that each one got a good drink of water as I counted them and put them in the brooder box. Immediately afterward, each one got an extra drink or two! It was only a few seconds before the first ones found the feed and began pecking at it! The rest soon followed suit! I just checked on them and they are eating, drinking, peeping, running, and playing all over the brooder box!!!!

    Can you tell that I'm excited??? I'm worse than a young child who has just found out that Santa has left everything that he asked for!!!

    Here's some pics of them:

    26 healthy, hungry babies:
    My dog, Skipper trying to figure out how such little guys could make soooo much racket!! He makes a pretty good "Moma" for all our animals. Shhhh... don't anyone tell him that he's a male!!
    While they are out of town for a few days, we are babysitting my Mom & Dad's dog Brandy. He decides to come over and see if he can help Skipper figure out what all the ruckus is about!
    Happy babies in their new home with its corn cob floor:
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    "Belly up to the bar, boys.... drinks are on me!!
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    If you notice, the therm says it's 100 degrees. I did that just until the new guys had a chance to get good and warm. The temp is now back down to 90 degrees like it should be, and everyone is happy as a lark!! Also, if you look close, you can see two chicks that are darker and are much smaller than the Cornish. Those are my two Mille Fleurs that hatched out on Monday! Though half the size of them, they seem to hold their own pretty well with the Cornish... tough little buggers!
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    Alright, I've bored everyone enough with my "proud papa" pics. I think I'll go take a nap (not accustomed to getting up so early)! Then, spend the rest of the day watching and playing with my new chicks!!

  2. Heidi

    Heidi Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    They all look really good. You will be amazed on how much time you can spend just watching the fuzzy balls. Enjoy!
  3. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Those are some cuties.....or should I say a lot of cuteness......funny how we get so excited over little chicks. I love it. [​IMG]
  4. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    So adorable. I cannot wait until my first shipment next week. I have already called the PO to let them know they are coming and took two days off from work, one the day before expected delivery just in case they come early.
    It is amazing how excited you can get over it all, isn't ?
    Mine are coming from Ideal also, hope they do as well as yours.
  5. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Songster

    May 30, 2007
    Adorable! Please post pics as they grow. I won't be getting mine until next spring. [​IMG]
  6. JenniferJoIN

    JenniferJoIN Songster

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    Aww... too cute!
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    The cornish are some of the most handsome chicks I've ever seen. They look like little hawks with their markings.
  8. Wynette

    Wynette Crowing

    Sep 25, 2007
    VERY cute little tackers! Have fun watchin' them grow!
  9. beebiz

    beebiz Songster

    Jul 2, 2007
    W. Tennessee
    Thanks to all for your kind compliments! They really are cutie pies!! And, WOW.... those little buggers can eat and drink!!! As you can tell in the pics, I've used the feeders that screw onto a quart jar and are then inverted. When I first put them in the brooder, I filled both the waterer and the feeder. These guys have already drank and eaten right at 1/2 of what the waterer and feeder would hold!! That's puttin' the groceries away!!

    Pawtraitart, I will be happy to post pictures of them as they grow. I don't envy you having to wait until next spring to get your chicks. It would make for a long winter!! But, you'll make it!!

    Nccatnip, I did the same thing! I called the PO and let them know that I had chicks comming, and gave them my name and phone number. I am sure your chicks will do as well as mine! I'm sold on the idea that Ideal is an ideal place to get chicks from!!! I hope you post some pics of your chicks too! BTW, what kind of chicks do you have comming??

    Thanks again, all!

  10. Windy Ridge

    Windy Ridge Songster

    Oct 3, 2007
    Aren't those adorable! I do love the little chipmunk-y looking chicks.

    Have you ever made this cross before, out of curiosity? Sounds like a good idea... should be some calm, broad-breasted birds. I wonder what they'll look like?

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