Haha - We actually ordered 48 chicks in the beginning - Sadly they dwindled to 9, but we ordered another batch that also dwindled. When we finally figured out all the variables that caused their numbers to drop, a year later - We bought more! And not in the form of chicks, no - In the form of eggs!! So much less stress on them, and you get to see their life, from the very beginnings!
Right now we have over 40 eggs in the incubators, and about 24 more on the way after that - Then when those are done, we'll probably get 12 more eggs in late spring. CRAZY I know!!!
Oh, and congrats!! LOVE the white-crested polish! We have 3.
I am in the same boat, i love them to death! And i got blessed with not being able to smell bad chicken smells....which is weird since i have a really strong sense of smell lol! your babies are tooo cute!
I've figured out the cure to stinky baby chicken... yep! My son and I take our OLD shop vac and suck out the bedding daily - then replace! We've only went though 1/2 bag still yet in 2 weeks! The box is 6' x 3' and 3' tall. It's perfect! Yep... love them!!!
We've been blessed so far not to have any babies die in the years we've ordered chickens. I've thought about incubating, but scared I may do it wrong! Maybe I should leave that up to the professionals out back
Your husband is ready to kill you? Ha....MY husband doesn't even know that I'm about to put some eggs under a broody.
Got an idea....I'll come to your funeral, if you come to mine.
I have 5 hens, 4 18 week olds, 4 6 week old true ameraucana's and 3 3 week old BCM's and a 3 week old olive egger in the brooder AND eggs on the way this week for my incubator. I'm all out of space for a while. What you wanna bet NOW I get that broody.