My Ideal chicks are here! Pics!

BrahmaMama

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12 Years
Jan 8, 2008
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I got a call this morning at about 9:30 from the Sioux Falls post office (nearest bigger city) last year they were picked up at the Lennox post office-about 8 miles away. the SF one is about 15 miles away. Anyway, I asked why they didn't go to Lennox, and he said the truck to Lennox had already left, and if I wanted to I could wait until tomorrow and pick them up there...umm, no thank you, I will be right there!

Opened the box there, and saw one dead chickie
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I am amazed at how little bantams are! I have never had them before. A couple of the porcelains looked pretty weak. I held one cupped in my hand, against my chest the whole drive home. I wonder if people that passed me on the interstate were trying to figure out just why I was holding my hand there
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My very first ducklings were also there; everyone else looked ok. I brought them straight home, got them in the brooder-switched my brooder tanks, so the light was over theirs (my three week olds I hatched have to wait for me to go outside and get the other light, lol!)-don't worry, it's warm in the basement with the corn stove going. Had to drop the light a bit, and got everyone in with their beaks dipped in the water. I took some of the weaker ones-especially the d'uccles, and gave them a little bit of the sugar water with a syringe-just basically squeezed a drop from the tip, onto the end of their beak, and it kind of "seeped" in.

I just had pine shavings in the bottom (did it with just that last year, and they were fine) but the ducklings almost went crazy for it, wanting to eat it
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so I had to put some papertowels down quick. I hope they didn't injest to much
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And I put water down right away, but took it away for an hour-what I think I read about ducklings...though the Ideal paperwork didn't say anything about that. I hope they didn't get too much water at first.

Ok, so here is what I received:

4 porcelain D'uccle (ordered 3, 1 extra)
4 golden neck D'uccle (ordered 3, 1 extra)
6 buff laced Polish (1 died)
4 white crested blue Polish
3 Khaki Campbell ducklings-1 male, two female
2 Blue Swedish ducklings-females

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two of the ducklings
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Sugar Sand Farm

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Apr 24, 2007
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Careful with the pine shavings. I lost a duckling last year because a piece got caught in his throat and he died. Terry gave me so very advise she told me to use old sheets in the duckling brooder i did that it was easy to clean up just squirted them off and threw them in the washer. I have several o lhand now for when my chickies arrive.
 

BrahmaMama

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12 Years
Jan 8, 2008
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South Dakota
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Thank you Stormhorse
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Ooh, thanks Micki, I will keep an eye on them...don't have any old sheets right now
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Storm, I'm just waiting for them to try climbing in the waterer, lol!

Thank you Wynette and BBB
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