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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by realsis, Mar 30, 2016.
We have 75 cornish rock females due May 1st along with 125 white broiler chickens
Hi all! I am new to chickens, but not to birds (my husband and I have parrots). My first group of chicks ships on 4/13: 1 Barred Rock, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Rhode Island Red, and 1 Speckled Sussex. My second group (because Chicken Math is for real!) is due to ship 4/18 and should have 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte and 2 Swedish Flower Hens.
I'm so excited!!!! But also crazy nervous about getting chicks through the USPS.
I had just put the roof on the expanded coop, so I thought I would give Carolina Fresh Farms a call to see when they might be expecting the delivery as I wanted to get a jump on the competition (they get their chicks from Mt. Healthy Hatcheries). Well they arrived early, they were already there! So I guess they don't quite qualify as April chicks. By the time I got there they were already sold out of Cuckoo Marans (within minutes)! So I got 7 Americanas instead of my planned 5-6. They are all vaccinated, and seem healthy. I chose the most active, alert and least flighty (most friendly) looking ones I could. Two of them actually jogged over and jumped into my hand (seriously, I thought that was an exaggeration)!
Since they were all vigorously eating I figure they are at least 3-4 days out of the shell (the yolk sack is supposed to sustain them for three, right?) Which means they really are "Easter" Eggers. I also got a heat lamp and a red bulb, some sweet PDZ fortified brooder straw and some grow crumbles.
Please pardon the weird coloring, that's my photo program's attempt at correcting for the red light. I think I have this set up right.
I put my bike computer in the brood box as it has a temperature gauge built in. I'm trying to set the lamp so the temperature stabilizes at 89F. Correct temperature for the first week I believe is supposed to be between 90-95, and they seem happy at 89, at least they are spread and active, and not all bunched together in one corner.
One question, do chicks need grit if they are on grow crumbles? They didn't have any set out for them at the store.
yes but a bit later on buy them what's called chick grit. if they get any treats they definitely need grit! oh your babies are beautiful!!♡♡♡♡ soooo precious!!!! I just pray mine come alive and healthy!! mine ship April 11. so not this Monday but the next!!! FINALLY.. I ordered in January.
I'm getting chicks the week of April 18th! This is my first time having chickens so I'm really excited.
I'm getting 7:
1 Silver Laced Cochin
1 Gold Laced Polish
1 White Crested Black Polish
And four from an assortment of feather-leg bantams. (Fingers crossed for a silkie~)
I have 17 eggs in the incubator 3 amerucanas, 4 Brahmas, and 10 barred rock eggs. There is 8 days left until they hatch.
Still haven't heard anything about my shipment
Maybe I'll get a call from the PO tomorrow. This is just ridiculous :/
I have 20 speckled Sussex's females coming on the 4th, plus 28 cross cherry egger X australorps eggs in the incubator
Call the hatchery, what day do they ship. Mine will get shipped on Monday and should arrive by Wednesday or Thursday.
Wow that's great!! yours ship Monday mine ship next Monday!! Where are yours coming from? Mine come from Meyer in ohio. I live in California.Are yours shipping Priority or Express? Mine will be shipping express because I am so far away and my order is under 14 chicks ( it's 10 chicks) anything under 14 will automatically be shipped express from Meyer. That's the way they do it there. I asked if they could send a heat pack because they do that and they said it's up to the shipping coordinator. They said it could make it too hot. but with such a long trip I'd think it would be helpful?? I just pray that they arrive alive and healthy! I will say a prayer for your chicks and please say a prayer for mine. They have such a long trip. I've waited so long, I ordered in January. I just hope they will be ok !!