Sunday, May 29, 2011
I think the new chicks are camera shy. They just couldn't stay still enough for me to get a pic of their cute little faces today.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Our order of 5 Austrolorps has arrived!
Are these little girls not just adorable little balls of fluff? I got the call today that I had a peeping package at the Post Office and left work early to be certain I would be there to pick them up. The ladies at the PO were begging me to open the package, but I didn't want to stress the chicks. Luckily, I was just a couple of blocks from home, so I didn't have to wait long to get a peek at the babies. When I opened the cardboard box, I had to giggle at the "nest" that they were shipped in. It looked like a real nest! I should have taken a pic when I first opened the box, but here's a similar pic courtesy of Serene Dwelling:
Right now, they're in a clear 18 gallon storage container on my kitchen counter where I can keep a close eye on them. I put newspaper in the bottom, covered by clean pine shavings - from what I've read, you should never leave chicks on just newspaper because it's slick and can cause them to get splayed leg syndrome.) Their water and food dishes were improvised out of Rubbermaid container lids and I've got a heat lamp clamped onto my cabinets. It's a toasty 90 degrees in the container and they seem quite content.