Just made my 1st chick order - Can't wait for Dec 14th!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by idispatch4911, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. idispatch4911

    idispatch4911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2011
    Southern Utah
    I ordered 11 pullet chicks from Ideal. 2 BR, 2 BO, 3 Ameraucana, 2 California White legbar, 2 Australorp -- woot woot!! [​IMG]

    Don't really need that many, but I got each breed I wanted. I'm so excited for them to get here! I asked for them to be banded for which breed is which - does it really get done and is it accurate?

    I "forgot" to tell hubby that they usually send packing peanuts for warmth. So I don't know if I ordered enough for no packing peanuts, but I'll be happy either way (the kids will be ecstatic!). Hubby will be overwhelmed with more fuzzy butts....LOL! Either way, I'm gonna have to extend our coop. YAY!

    Just had to share! [​IMG]
  2. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Thats so much fun
    let us know the names when you get them?
  3. beegirl4

    beegirl4 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 19, 2011
    I am really jealous. Sounds like fun!
  4. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Congratulations! [​IMG]

    Dec 14th won't come soon enough! [​IMG]
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I am no expert but I think you need to tell them you don't want packing peanuts at all, or they will send you a bunch of little roos that you are going to have to find homes for. If you want more chickens, just order some more pullets--most hatcheries except Meyer require 25 for body heat during shipping. You can read Ideal's policy online.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2011
  6. idispatch4911

    idispatch4911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2011
    Southern Utah
    Like I said before, I'm happy either way - packing peanuts or none. I ordered all pullets, but if roos show up too, they'll eventually go with my other roos to freezer camp in soup form. Maybe if I have enough roos, I could can up some chicken instead of using freezer space - THAT would be awesome!

    This is my very first order ever. I've looked into it so many times. Last spring we bought 4 chicks as a straight run locally, 2 were roos. So the hens are laying every day now and I can't wait to get more eggs! I've been making the kids eggs 4 times a week for breakfast - so much healthier than sugar cereal. Looking into pickling eggs and freezing them, etc. I want LOTS!

    Come on little chickies, get here FAST!
  7. brandislee

    brandislee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2011
    Southern Minnesota
    I'm with you- I love packing peanuts... free meat! And I can't wait to get more chicks for more eggs. I get about 12 eggs a day from 16 hens, and it's not enough! No, we don't eat that many eggs, but I sell three dozen a week to a friend and have had many neighbors ask me about buying eggs... and I love keeping chickens so much I want to meet their demands! I plan to order at least 25 more layers as early as I can in the spring (probably March-ish- I don't want to keep chicks when it's sub-zero and snowy here in MN).
  8. Arkantex

    Arkantex Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2011
    West Texas
    I am right in there with you dispatch. We put in our first ever order for our first ever chickens a few weeks ago. They are supposed to show up tuesday!!!!
  9. Peachesbabychick

    Peachesbabychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Fun!!! I ordered 6 English Imported Orpington's! 2 blue, 2 black, 2 splash. And I will probably be getting a lavender so I will have 2 lav girls!

    I think you will find that you LOVE Orpington's! They are little darlings, ( all chickens are though) [​IMG]

    Congrats and I hope you have lot's of fun!
  10. idispatch4911

    idispatch4911 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2011
    Southern Utah
    Thanks. I wanted more dual-purpose birds so I didn't get any banty chicks, etc. I also wanted a colorful flock without feather legs, silkies or anything too crazy. I've tossed around the idea of getting a roo Orp to raise orp chicks, but we are such city folk that we hate the crowing so early...LOL! Hubby actually threw our last roo in the garage at the first crow each morning and came back to bed, then around 9am when we'd finally wake up (we both work late - til midnight) then we'd let the roo back out. Garage = muffled crowing!!
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2011

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