Friday, March 7, 2008

Picking up Chicks

Every day this week I have been calling the feed store. "Are the chicks in yet?"
"No not yet," replied Tom. Thursday I called and Tom said Friday was the day. He was expecting Buff Orpingtons, Aracaunas, Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rocks. I asked him to hold some for me but he wouldn't do it. Against store policy. I had to come in. I was a bit nervous because I knew everyone is waiting for the first arrival of chicks and they were having a sale. I pictured myself getting there after work and only having a few to pick from. You see I need to get chicks now if I am going to get them in and out of the brooder in time for my trip in May. I don't want my neighbor, who takes care of my animals, to have to mess with the brooder. So I called about noon today and checked.
"Are the chicks in?"
Can't you hear them cheeping?" asked Tom. And yes it was a cacophony of chick sounds in the background. I said "Please can you hold some for me?"
"No can't do that" said Tom.
Well now I am getting nervous because I want my chicks. I am not good at waiting. So right after recess I take off for the feed store. When I get there, there is certainly a few people getting chicks but they had plenty.........just not any Buff Orpingtons, my first choice. They didn't hatch yet. But, I was like a kid in a candy store. There were lots of stock tanks full of different kinds of poultry. I meant to only get about 6 but couldn't stop. I took home 6 Aracaunas, 4 Silver Laced Wyandottes and, just because, a Black Star and a Red Star.
They are in the brooder now looking as cute as cute can be although one of the Wyandottes is suspiciously different from her sisters and I am suspecting I got a banty by mistake.
I tried to pick out different color Aracaunas because I know from experience that the lighter one lay the pink eggs and the darker ones lay the green eggs. So I got three of each. They already have cute little earmuffs over their ears. I still have 3 Light Brahmas and 3 Speckled Sussex coming from my neighbor's order. He is waiting until the hatchery isn't so busy. The minimum order is 25 so he is throwing mine in with his. They will probably arrive just as I leave for vacation. If so I'm sure he will keep them for me until I get back. I should have quite a colorful bunch of biddies.
I just love having babies in the house.......yes in the house.

update....it appears my Aracaunas are Americaunas and my odd colored chick is a Golden Laced Wyandotte. My neighbor came back from the feedstore and clued me in. Apparently there were some Golden Laced in with the Silver Laced. Lucky me!

8 comments:

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Yay!!! You got your babies!! This is SO exciting. I just got my final two this afternoon...
But...but...but...where are your pictures??!!!
We are new chicken mamas together!
Um, where are you going in May? Have you been talking about this and I, like, totally missed it?

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Hey, I just reread your post and counted - you have twelve, too...until your other SIX arrive!! Eighteen chickens...what will you DO with all those eggs? :-)

Twinville said...

Congrats on the chickies!!

Can't wait to see pics soon!

QuiltedSimple said...

Congrats on your chicks - can't wait to see pictures,
Kris

goatgirl said...

farmgirl aka chickensister
My battery in my camera was dead so had to recharge and I am crazy busy this weekend with the expected arrival of Penne and my son is in Eugene for the weekend and we are going to drive down and visit him and his girlfriend for a few hours. I haven't seen them since Christmas and a 5 hour drive is a small price to pay:)
We are going down to LA in May for graduation and Mother's Day. I haven't talked about it.
And as for all those eggs, I already have customer waiting for
my farm fresh eggs.
Just checked on my babes this morning and all is well. I will get pictures up as soon as I get a good set of modeling hands:)

twinville, thanks, I foresee mornings with chickens in my lap.

quiltedsimple, thanks and thanks for stopping by. I will try to get pictures up before they change much.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh gosh, that's right - Penne is coming, too. What a crazy wild weekend for you full of really happy stuff! I sure hope you photo-document everything :-)
Eugene, huh? Too bad I don't live in PDX anymore, I could've stood on the side of the freeway and waved at you as you went by.
Modeling hands...ah ha ha ha! (Hey, I have a few sets I could loan you if you need them) ;-)

goatgirl said...

Hey chicksister (I think that sounds better)my neighbor just stopped by and is ordering Buff O. so I asked if she could throw in a few for me. I'm going chicken crazy.
Penne is here so I will blog about it.

sugarcreekstuff said...

I got 6 Golden Laced Wyandotts last spring, they are hearty and reliable layers, very pretty, only one is mean, I call her bratty.