Well, we surely got the chicky-peep blues today! I packed all my kids in the car for a long trip to buy special goat feed and especially to get our chick starter crumble. When we got to TSC they had loads of chickies in large bins with heat lamps and my children were enthralled. First, I went to get the chick feed and found out there was none left! Couldn't believe it! So I pleaded with a worker who saved the day and went out back to a delivery truck that had pulled in, not too long ago. I was so relieved to see him carrying in a bag for me on his shoulders. I pulled the kids away from the chicks and ducklings and said, "Come on guys! We'll be getting 15 of our own. Let's not man-handle these little ones." So my kids and I got back into the van and drove home with our goat feed and first ever bag of chick starter which to my kids and I was a herald for things to come. Cackle Hatchery had assured me they had gotten shipped today and they start this shipping process at 1:30 in the morning! WOW! We must have had chicks on the brain because when we pulled into the driveway, THERE ON THE DOORSTEP lay a box! We all jumped out of the car like crazy lunatics and I carefully picked up the box. Since this is our first experience with shipped chicks we figured they must be pretty quiet in there. But we all swear at some point we heard chirping. There was even a hole poked in the box. Well the long and short of it is that we ran around the house like a bunch of "chickens with their heads cut off" getting the brooder out, the heat lamp, filling the waterer with sugar water and filling the tray with food. I had kids flying all over the house getting me my chicken books. THEN the moment finally arrived. My son handed me a scissors and I cut the box open. But instead of chicks (who were all conspiciously quiet for some reason), we found two large packets of mortgage refinancing paperwork!!!! BOOOO!!! We were shocked, and "not so" mildly disappointed! It was a great lesson in "jumping to conclusions" and having circumstances seem to all match up, but with the wrong outcome (sounds like a broken engagement I had in college!). So we await our precious package tomorrow! The kids were all praying for those little chicks tonight! Life's like that!