The first order (the yellow chicks) was an order we placed with our neighbors. In about 8 weeks, these chicks will no longer be sweet, little chicks. They'll be big, full-grown chickens and they'll be in our freezers. Sixteen of them are ours.
Here I am (first shot of me ever here, I think- I'm getting brave) teaching the chicks how to drink. Sadie is taking them out of the box and handing them to me. Then, I put them in the tractor. This way we know they've all had a drink. Jamey is making sure Sadie doesn't hold them too tightly. Sam is making sure none escape.
Since it's summer, we put them directly outside in the chicken tractor. We put the tractor close to Jamey's shop so he could run the cord out for the heat lamp. Even though it's warm out, chicks require very warm temps their first few weeks. Here they are under the lamp.
The second batch of chicks are Silver-Laced Wyandottes and will be laying hens in about 5 months. A dozen of these will move away to live with friends and the remaining dozen will stay here with us.
Here is Jamey teaching them to drink. This entails dipping their little beaks into water and then letting them tilt their heads back to 'swallow'. They haven't learned this prior to getting to us. As soon as they're born, they are shipped out and arrive at their destination in two days. These two days are a window when no food or drink is needed.
Somersault is checking them out. She has never bothered any of our chicks- and at times she's had plenty of access to them.
Sam and Sadie sticking their fingers in the holes to get pecked by little beaks. Can you tell it was early in the morning? Sam is still in his pajamas and Sadie's hair is all disheveled.
Babies, of all sorts, are simply amazing. Chicken tally? For the next 8 weeks, until 15 are harvested, we have 49.