after a little over two months of waiting (and i'm not a patient person in general), our chicks arrived today. the post office called before 7am. i'm also not a morning person. but my kids and mum and i dashed out the door in record time to retrieve our babies. these guys came from my pet chicken and are astoundingly healthy. 3 barred rocks, 3 partridge rocks (why didn't anyone tell me these guys are total lunatics??), 3 rhode island reds, 3 black australorps, and 3 buff orpingtons, plus an extra barred rock which i'm really hoping is a pullet, though i'm not counting on it! i believe, since the shipping label indicated a starting destination of cleveland, that these guys are meyer hatchery chicks. only one pasty butt and no recurrence since. they really are disgustingly healthy and started eating and drinking immediately without a lot of help from us, so eight thumbs up from my family to MPC and meyer. some pics: fresh out of the box brooder shot. i wish i'd picked a white light, just for the sake of pics. icky red heat lamp. really evil and really hyper. all the PRs are complete freaks, but this one is the queen of them all. i've been referring to them as the gorgons. she's not aggressive or obnoxious like one of the RIRs, just only has one speed (158mph) and is wickedly precocious. she spent all day raking up big clods of peat with her tiny feet. speaking of peat, so far i'm really happy with it as a substrate. no poopy smell and they're having a ball scratching and digging in it. they don't seem to be eating it at all, either. i love these girls! one of them already ate a spider today and i wanted to scold her for not waiting until she had grit, heh heh.