~~Springtime and Chick-lets~~

~~Springtime and Chick-lets~~

Our mail-order baby chicks have arrived…

We went to our main post office to pick them up early in the morning…

Last year I think we hatched out our own…

Remember The Chicks Who Were Hatched Out In The Horse Trailer?

I usually have to replenish the flock with purchased/mail-order baby fluff-balls…

 

*****Mail-Order Chicks*****

Black French Copper Marans…Welsummers…Olive Eggers…&…Americanas

It’s all about the roosters (or at this stage the cockerels)…

Over the years I’ve found that you naturally hatch out at about a fifty/fifty split of pullets and cockerels when you let the hens get broody and set on their own eggs…

BUT…when you purchase all pullets (for a little more money) from a hatchery catalog…..you get 90% pullets along with a previously-explained caveat that you will possibly receive a 10% error-rate of cockerels…….

…..(i.e…..they want to off-load some baby-roosters on you at baby-hen prices…)

***Too Many Roosters***

The upside of mail-order purchases is that I get more hens…..and I can pick a purebred breed…..and they are healthy and inoculated for Marek’s (whatever that is).

*****Marek’s Vaccination For Chicks*****

So now…..the baby chicks are in our den…..in a wire dog cage…..with a heat lamp…….

…..my older daughter had a GREAT suggestion this time around…….

…..we put an old, fitted-sheet under the cage…..wrapped the cage with bunge-cords…..and tuck the old sheet up and over the bungees…….

It creates a bag-sort of container for the chick’s cage and their pine shaving bedding…….

…..that way no pine shavings can get kicked out onto the den floor…….

…..it also keeps the cats at bay…….

…..well…..along with the help of a well-primed water squirter…….

…..we currently have a lot of wet cats here in our house…….

…..the baby chicks sit inside the warm/tented safety of their cage…….

 

…..while the damp cats sit on the outside…..listening to the chicks peeping inside…….

…..poor wet kitties…….

…..Zelda is a very slow learner…….

Zelda

 

 

 

 

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