This past weekend we have been getting ready for their arrival. From building brooder boxes, waters and feeders it has been the talk of the dinner table on how to prepare for the chicks. We even had a date night on Saturday to get last minute supplies.
The chicks will be staying in their brooder box for approx 3 weeks before being moved into the chicken tractors where they can enjoy fresh grass, dirt and bugs! Good thing we have 3 weeks - chicken tractors are still on our "to do list" to build!! Being heritage birds, they then will be pastured for approx 6 weeks to their full maturity weight. The entire process will be 8-9 weeks.
The Post Office called stating the chicks arrived today and needed to be picked up. (We notified them head of time we were expecting a shipment of chicks this week -- I guess that is proper chicken etiquette per google search!) Entering the Post Office all you could hear were little cherps coming from the back. They were packaged in 3 cardboard boxes safe & sound.
They have had quite the day - So we will be keeping their brooder box inside this evening to let them adjust and keep extra warm (Who would think it would be this chilly beginning of June?) Looking forward to watching them grow over the next 8-9weeks.
Here's to a new adventure and appreciation on where our food comes from - Wish us luck!
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