51 Baby Chicks Arrive Today

Got a call from the post office at 8AM this morning that they had arrived, airmail from the Murray McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, Iowa. All bantams: 30 Golden Seabrights, 10 Auracanas, 2 Partridge Rocks, 4 Rhode Island Reds. 4 Japanese Bantams, 1 “free rare exotic chick.”

  I picked them up and we put them in a box under a warm infrared light and dipped their beaks into water for their first drink. The Seabrights are quite tiny, quite beautiful, and fragile. 6 have died so far — par for the course. They can’t sex bantams, so we order twice as many as we want in in order to get the right # of hens. We’ll keep one Seabright rooster to eventually hatch more of them. Excess roosters will be offed for barbecue. We’ll use the Rhode Islands as setters (the full-size Rhode Islands never set, but the bantams retain the setting instinct).

   I spent the weekend building a separate yard for the babies; otherwise they would be attacked by the grown-ups when small.

2 Responses to 51 Baby Chicks Arrive Today

  1. Jakub says:

    They look great! Which one is the exotic chick? You are still holding some for us, right? The boys will be stoked.

  2. Tüp Bebek
    Ich möchte Kinder haben. Ich suche nach einem geeigneten Zentrum suchen.

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