peep went my heart strings...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by derbygirl1961, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. derbygirl1961

    derbygirl1961 In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2009
    People collect things: shoes, cars, arrowheads, dragons, concert memorabilia. They may not even be looking for their "thing", but somehow it finds them.

    That is what happened today. I was working on the list -- the list that states what needs to be done, what should be done, what could be done.

    On the list was picking up chicken feed. Off to Tractor Supply.

    And there they were. "CHICK DAYS". Really cute, little, downy chicks, peeping adorably at me. I "ooohed" and "aaahed" back at them, and walked away.

    I walked to the feed aisle and picked up a 100 pounds of pellets and 50 pounds of scratch. And then I picked up starter feed for baby chicks.

    I am hooked. I ordered up 6 golden comet pullets. They put in 7.

    And home I went, to set up the brooder.

    They say, to admit you have a problem, is the first step.

  2. glucke

    glucke In the Brooder

    Dec 14, 2011
    i too should join the club of the anonymous chickaholics!!!!
  3. laughingdog52

    laughingdog52 In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2011
    Eastern Oregon
    I fear I am still in denial--I bought some chicks this year, too. I figure I will " replace" a few of my old hens and maybe raise some pullets for sale. I hear there are actually some people who don't enjoy raising chicks and might rather buy hens. I hope so because I might have to enlarge my coop.[​IMG] Chicken Luv [​IMG]
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I try to stay out of my favorite feed store on Chick Delivery Day. Y'see, the breeds I would want are sold out within two days, chicks are delivered on Thursdays, so if I go on the weekend in the late afternoon or any day up to but not including Thursday, I am relatively safe. Relatively. As Chick Season continues, that won't work as well. There will eventually be some breeds I want left - a whole week old! - and those really call to me. Already past the early "die off" stage, so they're survivors and perfect for me to take home. I mean. well..... for somebody who appreciates chicks for more than just being adorable puff balls.

    That's the dangerous time for me. Week old chicks. Most customers then pick the babies and the older chicks are left behind. That's when my heartstrings ping at the peeps.
  5. SmallFarmChick

    SmallFarmChick Chirping

    Apr 9, 2012
    in the coop
    It is very hard to resist. I've made it this years chick season but came *this* close to buying more. It is so hard. Who new it would be
    when you started out??? I would read threads on BYC long ago and think, "I can resist that easily, how hard is it really?"
    I was wrong. It's soo hard. [​IMG]
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  6. dollychick

    dollychick In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2012
    Birmingham, Alabama
    well I have not been to a chick day yet. But I adopted a hen that was setting.
    I made her a shelter and gave her food.
    Last week I saw the baby chicks.
    Yesterday I went to put out food and the hen came running to me.
    She was so close I wanted to touch her but I didnt want to scare her off..
    Im enjoying this so much I want my own chicks to raise..
  7. NeTNChknLover

    NeTNChknLover In the Brooder

    Mar 13, 2012
    Kingsport, TN
    I like to go and just look...the temptation is definitely there. Fortunatly for me my current circumstances make it so that I cant have any more chickens, so its fun to just watch [​IMG]
    I do know that by the end of it all at TSC when they have just a few left over they'll sell them for even less just to get rid of them. We did that once with the ducks they had there [​IMG]

  8. California_chickie

    California_chickie Chirping

    Jan 1, 2012
    Napa valley, Ca
    That's so cute. Good for you for adopting her. Why don't you get some fertile eggs for her to sit on in a little bit? Give her a break and some extra tasty nutrient rich food, sounds like she already loves you! If you handle it gently, she'll let you take them to your brooder- then you can give her more eggs. She'll probably take em right away, or get an incubator-- it's so much fun!

  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    We don't have shops selling chicks here, thankfully. I'll have 100's of chicks by now if we did! I cannot resist the little things, am completely addicted.
    I'm just wondering: what happens to the chicks at the shops you're talking about when they don't sell? You know, when they get older and lose their initial new born appeal.
  10. dollychick

    dollychick In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2012
    Birmingham, Alabama
    well at the time I was doing good just to be close to her.
    Now she only has 1 chick. But we went to the feed and see today and the chicks will be in next week.
    So I will post pics when I get them.

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