Here I was thinking that Friday was chick day...and it wasn't Thank God my friend said, on Weds, "Are ya ready to pick up all those chicks, tomorrow?" Oye! No, I wasn't ready! I was exhausted. I'd spent Thurs-Sunday traveling to aquire our alpacas (over 1300 miles driving). Then, we ended up with a surprise boy, which meant an entire barn re-arrange, fencing and getting a male companion...all finished by Weds! Shoooosh, I've never been so tired in all my life. Well....maybe after having my babies. So, I have my sweet little chick (17 Australorps, 8 Comets, 25 Cornish Cross) all settled in two big boxes so that I can watch them like a good Mama. You should have seen this newbie wrestle w/the new waterers! How funny! It took my 13 y/o DD, a friend and myself to get the lids on the 1st time. I have my chickies in boxes w/multiple layers of extra cardboard on the bottom, shredded newspaper on top of that w/their feeder and waterer. They're doing fine on the paper and seem to enjoy it. I'm changing the bedding and extra cardboard, daily and hovering over them. I do have a chick house for them, but I'll keep them in our heated garage, under their heat lamp for as long as I can. I have 10 Ameraucan, 3 Light Brahmas and 5 Golden Laced Wyandottes coming on June 9th. By then, I'll have moved these chicks. The kids adore the chicks! Esp, my 15 month old! He thinks they're his babies! He watches after all our animals and would spend hrs and hrs just looking and cooing over each one of them! I'm checking the chicks for pasting up and 3 of the Australorps have done so or began to. One of them was completely covered. Once they were cleaned up, my DD says, "It looks like she's kissing with her butt!" ROFLMBO! Now, they're all cleaned up, eating, scratching and sleeping...Aaaaahhhh, Bliss!