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I Got My BabiesToday :)
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KellyGa    Posted 01-30-2004 at 13:09:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Buff Orpingtons came in at the feed store last night from the post office! I was raring to go this morning, thats a sure bet! I wish I had a digital camera to show them to y'all. They are the sweetest, cutest, fuzziest, little things. We have names them all already. We can only tell one apart from the others, it is a little bit smaller than the rest, so his name is "Little" as in "Chicken Little" the sky is falling, the sky is falling! :) Then there is

Sweetie Pie
Miss Prissy (yeah, like the little old hen in the Foghorn cartoon :) Remember she never could lay an egg, the other hens teased her, and even stuck one of their eggs under her one time to fool her!)

Now, you can take Popcorn and nugget how you want to. Could be Popcorn chicken and chicken nuggets, (grin) OR the color of popcorn and a golden nugget (bigger grin)

This is my first attempt at actual farm livestock, they won't be eaten mind you, just loved and eating many of their eggs! :) Like y'all said, don't name your food, lol.

BTW, I put down newspaper, but I also put down Timothy hay, and they love to peck at it and play with it! SO cute!

I got six of them. The guy at the feed stoe picked them out for me, and put them in a nice little box with newspaper and hay in the bottom to come home in. He said it was good that I was getting six. He said a lot of people come in and only get two or three, and the chicks tend to holler a lot more in lesser numbers. I told him if I was going to have them, I wanted there to be enough of them to kinda flock together, ya know. Keep them happy and all.

Well, just jumped on here for a few minutes, got to go get supper ready and see Ian off to work. Be back later.

toolman    Posted 01-30-2004 at 15:56:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
when i first seen your post i was gonna say , hey you never even mentioned you were going to have a baby, then i remembered,lol when we would get our chicks one of our shelties PRINCE would lay out on the porch with them and never leave them, if they got too loud he would think some thing was wrong come gets us and wouldn,t lets us be till we came and checked,he did the with every batch and even when they were big he always watched out for them, was something to see,have fun and enjoy , your first start at bein a farmer .good for you.

Alias    Posted 01-30-2004 at 13:49:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did they come with instructions? If not, I would but point out something I recall seeing my mother do more than 50 years ago. She ordered 50 chickens at a time which she raised in a large cardboard box with a 40 or 50 watt light buld for heat. She used a large, tall box and suspended the light bulb to the proper height in order to achieve the best tempature. It is important that they stay warm without overheating. Also, she would clean their beaks. This is something that under normal circumstances the mother hen would do. you might want to check with someone who has raised chicks to learn the proceedure. Basically speaking, there is a kind of membrane over their beaks when they're first hatched. And, as long as it's there, they have difficulty in picking up food. Anyway, I just thought you'd like to know.

KellyGa    Posted 01-30-2004 at 15:29:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Alias,

I never heard of the beak thing. I did a lot of reading, and the man that owns the Feed Store is very knowledgeable. I hope they would have told me about that. I will call them tomorrow and ask them about it.

I set up plenty of warmth for them. I have something set up similar to what you were talking about. I bought a clear plastic long storage bin, put down newspaper and timothy hay, and have several utility lights with the 65 watt plant lights in them. They almost seem too warm at times, they son't sit right under them, and they have the other end to get away from the heat if they get to warm. The guy at the feed store said about ninety five degrees the first week. Then go down a little at a time each week. I got the utility lights about halfway down into the bin, strapped on to the side. I got to find a thermometer around here to make sure its warm enough. I think it is though. Thank for giving me your insight. I welcome any and all advice. I have read up a lot, but the best advice is from those who have the experience. :)

Juliana    Posted 01-30-2004 at 19:52:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Kelly, good for you and the chicks. As long as they can get away from the heat or back to it they should be fine. Handle them, they will be be tamer. I might get some more, but have to wait about this landlady thing.

grma jo    Posted 01-30-2004 at 13:14:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
your gonna now find out how addicting raising chickens can be..youll soon be wanting more & more til your spending your last penny to get that one more you had your eye on...ohhh so much fun.......and having your own fresh eggs everyday is worth it all.....grma jo

KellyGa    Posted 01-30-2004 at 15:32:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
LOL, I knew it would be addictive, I just knew it. My husband is gonna go crazy before it's over with. I keep bringing in more and more, lol. I made him come look at them when he got up for work this afternoon, he loves animals, but he resisted, he claims he doesn't care anything about it, but I know better. :)

~Lenore    Posted 01-30-2004 at 13:45:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kelly, congratulations on your new babes.
Not a typo... they are babes, beautiful, soft, loveable little blondes!
Best of luck with them.

KellyGa    Posted 01-30-2004 at 15:46:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Lenore, these next weeks are going to be a whole new experience, and I love that. :)

deadcarp    Posted 01-30-2004 at 16:25:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
i always liked little chicks - wait til the first one wants to tell you a secret. she'll peep awhile, then spread those stubby wings as far as she can and flap with all her might and wish herself right onto your lap. don't forget to listen for the secret - otherwise you'll miss the handful of poop. lol

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