If you'll remember, I wanted Ameracauna's of the dark color lines, as I have lost the light color lines to West Nile before.
However, they did not, according to the guy in charge, have that many dark ones.
So, I did get 10, mostly lighter birds.
They had said that they had ordered so few Ameracaunas because no one ever wants them, yet, he had 5 promised by that A.M. Had we not gotten there in the morning, I'm not sure that I would have gotten any at all.
Then, I got 2 light Brahma's, and 2 blue laced red wyandottes.
The oddest thing is...they are different ages. They just got delivered today, yet some are newly hatched, while others are clearly 1-3 days old. I've never seen that from a hatchery before.
I had to get 2 of the upside down waterers, but we did find our chick feeder trays with the little holes for them to put their heads in. They can't stand in the food with these, and dirty it, or knock it over and waste it.
When they got home, I opened their box and set another box next to it, taking them one at a time and dipping their beaks into water until they each drank some.
Once they all had, I let 1/2 at a time back out with the waterer, and let them drink however much they wanted to.
Rather than in the shed, in their cage, we have their cage in the 3rd hen house. The girls only seem to use 2 out of 3, and we'd been using house #3 for storing hen food, and oyster shell, in animal feed totes.
Dh hooked up a light for them, which he ran into the house line, so that when the generator is off, their light isn't.
Even though the squares of the cage are small, I'm uncomfortable with not having a loose layer of hardware cloth over it. Dh said to have Ds get some today, and he'll fix the cage up with it.
The reason that I'm uncomfortable with it as is, is because of rodents. If a chick puts her foot through the bottom, which is lifted up, or if they lounge along the wall of the cage, with their feet out, which they do, a rodent can, and will, given a chance, grab their legs and chew them. This is true of chicks, pet rodents, pet reptiles, etc.
So, we'll have to hope that Ds can get there before they close today, so that I can breath easy. I sound like the worrier that I suppose that I am, but are you over-worrying if it's true, and you've seen it happen?
Thank you for the prayers and good thoughts, I am so relieved to have gotten my chicks! Now just to get them raised, and have fun doing it!
I like to handle my chicks a lot, which I feel contributes to friendly birds...especially if you end up with a rooster. So, while they are growing up, I get to play with them a lot. I have to, don't you know!
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