Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

June 4, 2010

The New Additions

The chicks and poults all arrived on time and on schedule thanks to Canada Post. I was first into the UFA store in Mayerthorpe to pick them up.

All arrived healthy and talkative. I was serenaded for 45 minutes on the way home. Peep, peep. etc. etc.

The first task was to take them one by one and dip their beaks into the water tray. Elaine made it home in time to do the last 10. They caught on real fast and drank and drank and... then they found the food pan. They ate and ate and are still eating!

It's hard to believe that 62 birds can fit into a box about twice the size of a shoe box and survive. When I opened the lid, all these little beady eyes were staring up at me.

I can tell the turkeys by the nubbin snood. The white leghorns and the Sussex Cross chicks are hard to distinguish apart. The dark brown ones are probably the Sussex Cross.

The temperature in the pen is 90F and will be walked down over the next 4 weeks to 70F.

It's amazing how they have the instinct to drink and eat.

They don't walk, they scoot.
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Karen said...

They are daarling! So cute! Wow, that many in such a small space. Amazing. I didn't know you had to teach them to drink. Thanks-I'm learning alot! :)

Melodie said...

I always love going to pick up chicks at the post office! Of course I don't have to drive 45 minutes to get there!

Ruralrose said...

Happiness is . . . . we spent years mastering the brooding process, now by the grace of providence we always have chicks of some sort running after their mothers and have dismantled the brooder as it is not needed anymore . . . peace

Gregg said...

Well glad "that" day has arrived. Your excitement was contagious. I was waiting for them too! Glad they all made it home safe and sound.

We use to get chicks when I was little and back in Ohio farm country. The eggs were good. From time to time so was Sunday fried chicken.

Kim said...

Ahh, so cute, and ultimately ... tasty!

tiggysmum70 said...

Came across your blog via Lloyd's. I loved reading about the chicks. My son's class hatched chicks this year. They even had the pleasure of seeing one hatch on their SmartBoard, a large interactive projection screen, they use in the schools here in NC. Also, I loved the picture of high noon on the shortest day. WOW! Living on the East coast of the US most of my life, I have never experienced the lack of that much light @ high noon, with the exception of stormy weather.

Stop by my blog for a visit!

Jesson Balaoing said...

I like your blog,... nice post keep blogging...

Texan said...

oh cuteness!!! Baby chicks are so fun!! Well and baby Turkeys, and Baby goats well okay baby animals there that covers it!!