Our first flock has arrived!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CarioFarms, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. CarioFarms

    CarioFarms In the Brooder

    May 29, 2012
    Washington County, PA
    Of course I managed to order them for delivery on what turned out to be the coldest day of the year! It was six degrees this morning when the post office called at 7:30am to tell me they had JUST arrived and I could pick them up at 8am.

    Big kudos to both Meyer Hatchery for doing an amazing job packing them (a lovely straw-like pad lined the box with a heating pad underneath it) and to the Express Mail driver who apparently was worried they'd be too cold in the back of his truck and so hauled them from Ohio to Western PA on the front seat next to him wrapped in Express Mail bags to keep them as warm as possible.

    We ordered eighteen hens, three each of Barred Rock, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Red Laced Blue Wyandotte, Easter Eggers, Black Australorps and Buff Orphingtons. (We were supposed to have Jersey Giants, but they hadn't hatched, so we subbed in the Easter Eggers instead.)

    Every last one arrived healthy and happy. One had a very SLIGHT case of pasty butt that was quickly fixed with some patience and a warm wet washcloth. One also appears to have a broken toe, which we've taped straight with a bit of scotch tape and who is walking around just fine.

    Thankfully our kids were on a two hour delay for the cold this morning, so they got to spend the morning oohing and awing over the chicks in the brooder box before having to head out the door.

    This will be our first foray as a family into backyard chickens. I grew up with Barred Rocks, but we only had two in a small coop in our fenced in backyard in the city. (Mom was a trailblazer...) We live on a 22 acre micro-farm in Western PA that belonged to my husband's grandparents, but that hasn't been a "farm" in 15-20 years. We're hoping the chickens are just the start of plenty more animals to come down the road.

    A few pics...





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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Congrats, they are beautiful! [​IMG] We had our share of broken toes too. Luckily they heal very quick! Does look ouch though...
  3. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    Awwwww I was to get some shipped today but Thank goodness they had an issue hatching and now they will send Feb 13!! YAY
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Aww, what a bunch of cuties! Enjoy them ;)

  5. jengro65

    jengro65 Songster

    Jul 16, 2011
    Morgantown, WV
    Very cute!:) I bought from Meyer last spring and was very pleased with the service and birds I received. Like you, I got a few of several different breeds:) I really like the barred rocks I got from them. There is just something so classic about their look plus my favorite girl "Juanita" is sooo friendly. She was the first to eat from my hand and even as an adult bird now, she'll jump up on my knee or shoulder when I sit outside:) Good luck with your flock!
  6. drlcb

    drlcb Chirping

    Jan 5, 2013
    Fredericksburg VA 22406
    Congratulations on the new arrivals. I received my first shipment for the year of thirty roasters from ideal poultry today. I was worried too because it was only 17 degrees here today. My post office called at 5:30 AM as instructed but my car wouldn't make it up the ice covered hill on our country road. I had to borrow my daughters 4 wheel drive to get the little chickies! They were spry and happy as we set them in the brooder that I just happened to turn on last night in case they arrived a day early (they did). My grandson was ecstatic! Now if I can just get him to leave them alone for a few days...
  7. roverdew

    roverdew In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Hey drlcb, Where are you located? They are so cute!!!
    I ordered from Ideal (shipped yesterday) and have not gotten a call yet. Hoping they will arrive in the morning. I'm in NC. [​IMG]

  8. carolinachickie

    carolinachickie In the Brooder

    Jan 2, 2013
    South Carolina
    Aww, such cuties!!! and much kudos to the hatchery and especially the mail driver who kept them up front with him to stay warm! I'd write his employer a letter about how happy you were with his service and caring for your package. [​IMG]
  9. drlcb

    drlcb Chirping

    Jan 5, 2013
    Fredericksburg VA 22406
    Fredericksburg VA Zip 22406. I hope you got them today.

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