Thursday, March 27, 2008

Who ordered the chicken?





Chicks are in! Waiting for our mail order chicks has been a lot like waiting for labor to kick in. We were told a tentative date with the disclaimer that they could come in before or after that date. So we have been on stand-by all week, and then this morning at 6:15 the call came- chicks are in! Moonpie (age 4) is ecstatic! Her bantam chicks are tiny and she has named all 4 'Cupcake'. Buddy (age 20 months) likes them from a distance. Mainly he likes to throw feed at them...Being urban homesteaders we have very limited room for chicken care. Taking this into consideration we had decided that we could handle 4 grown chickens. When I went to place the order I soon realized that I needed to order 8 to meet the $20 minimum order fee. Upon receiving my confirmation email I remember some small print about small orders being 'packed' with extra males to ensure warmth. The poor expendable male, like a groom on his wedding day...Now here we are, with SIXTEEN chicks!!! With at least half of those being roosters! Seems like we will be learning the art of chicken harvesting sooner than expected. Chicken lesson #1: when ordering a small number of birds for a backyard flock, go in with a friend so you don't end up with more then you bargained for! Now, on to breakfast. Eggs anyone???

4 comments:

Tammie said...

ok, we will take 2, but your family has to personally deliver them. :)

Kellybird said...

oh my goodness! how cute are they?? i can't wait to see them and hold them and pet them...

Brandi said...

dang! i didn't even count ours; i assumed we just got the 11 that we ordered. we've got 18! D'oh! so now we have 22, counting the four from the feed store. 30, when we take half of yours! ; )
look out, christ church, you'll be eating eggs for dinner from now on.

Mandy said...

Can we get a chicken update?