Saturday, 150 chicks hatched and were shipped to the farm. Today they are here and getting settled in. Uncle Dave took the day to get them all comfortable and make sure they are healthy. One died earlier in the day. He says it is normal to lose a couple in a group this size.
He got White Rock and Red Star chicks. There are a half dozen others that Uncle Dave got for someone else, and 1 black one that the hatchery sent as a freebie "exotic". The exotics usually end up being picked on by all the others.
They are just the cutest things you ever saw. In a couple of days they will be ugly -- with some feathers and some fuzz. I'll take more photos as time goes by.
They are amazingly noisy for such little critters. They were peeping and running around on the newspaper making scratching and stomping noise. When they get tired they just fall over and pass out -- oblivious to the fact that they are being stepped on by the others (see the top photo, right side).
Their beaks may look strange if you look closely. They have had their top beak seared off after they hatched -- otherwise they start pecking each other to death. It looks painful to me, but I guess being pecked at isn't much fun either.
Uncle Dave and I also discussed plans for the garden this year. I got my seed shipment already and need to get a few things started soon. I can't wait to get my hands dirty!
So, what does everybody else have planned for this year? Even if you are only planting flowers or one tomato plant, I'd love to hear about it! Leave me comments...