What Chicken?

Friday, March 10, 2006

Better late than. . .

. . .never.

I know that several of you have been waiting desperately for a new post.

Well, the chicks arrived Monday. We got a call from a woman at the post office who said, with a great deal of consternation, "Please pick up your chickens." We put off the delivery (originally scheduled in the middle of February, due to Mardi Gras. We learned from the copious amount of web-based chicken literature that you cannot just up and leave the chicks in the first weeks of life. And we (or at least I) needed a little bit of Mardi Gras.

More about the chicks-
They were born March 4th (according to a sticker on the box). There were twenty-six (more about the "were" later). We received (in order according to the packing slip):

3 Partridge Cochins
2 Dark Brahmas
2 Buff Laced Polish
2 Golden Polish
2 Crevecoeurs
2 Mottled Houdans
1 Dominique
1 Golden Wyandotte
1 Phoenix
2 Red Caps
2 Araucanas
2 Blue Andalusians
2 Rhode Island Reds
1 Silver Laced Wyandotte

Plus 1 bonus "Free Rare Chick"

All are female except possibly the bonus chick.

Because I cannot identify the breeds by sight yet, I am not sure which is which.

About the "were"-
They warn you that you might have "losses." Well, little grey chick was having a hard time. She kept falling into the water tray and could not get up. We separated her from the others to keep an eye on her. After about 24hrs, she seemed to be doing better. She was not crying (i.e., chirping loundly and sharply) anymore, seemed to be able to stand and walk without falling over, and ate some feed out of my hand. So she was reintroduced into the smaller flock of docile chicks. Chris found her later, drowned in the water tray. So now there are twenty-five chicks.

The only other problems are that we have one super-aggressive lady who pecks all the other chicks and a poor little chick-chick who had her eye pecked by the other chicks. They have been separated (aggressive by herself and pecked-eye with the less aggressive ladies.


Blogger hannah said...

Those guys are so cute. I can't wait to meet them! How long does it take for them to reach their full size and lose their baby feathers?

1:59 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

They are super-cute!
They should be ready to go outside in 6-8 weeks (depending on the temperature). I think that they lose their baby features gradually and that maturity is 3-4 months, but I would have to consult the owner's manual. : )

6:41 AM  
Blogger Estebandido said...

Nobody here but us chickens.

Are they going to lay eggs? Will you build a special shelter for them at night?

What about the baby rooster? Does he croak (is that the verb) in the morning?

Do you make good omelets?

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Dave&Mary said...

What are you kidding?
We're city people


6:32 PM  
Anonymous kelly said...

ummmm, i'd sure want to know what sex that 'free rare chick' is before i'd go mixing them. hamsters, you know.
maybe you can save some of the neato feathers for next mardi gras???

8:58 PM  
Anonymous mary said...

This may be a great project for my class to follow ... even though I'm a city gal! mind if I share with the children? Mary at school.

4:49 AM  
Anonymous Mary Crowley's class said...

The Chicks are cute! Keep us posted! That's cool raising chickens ... can the chicks visit us? Emily M. says her uncle raises chicks and they're really noisy, hope you can stand the noise! ... saw the house pics - sorry about what happened to you, hope all goes well.. from Room 20 - fifth graders Northboro MA

5:59 AM  
Anonymous holly said...

they are super cute! i miss holding them in my hand and rubbing their bellies. i think it is fairly common for a hen (or chick in this case) to assume a dominant role in the absence of a rooster, sometimes even taking in the physical characteristics of a rooster, though i think that is a natural mose of survival. and too, some breds are more aggressive than others. wish you and them well. ps-just wanted to remind you we are on a three hour difference. you called me at 6am this morning. :) holly

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A "Turken" -
wait till the kids see this on Monday! ... interesting!
...cute is a relative term ...scary is more like it...
oh! us city folk! Mary

10:25 AM  

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