Yesterday morning around 7:20 am just as I was warming up the car for my 20 mile drive to the YMCA the phone rang. It was the post office in town calling to let me know our shipment had arrived. When I got to the post office they took me into the back and before I even saw them I heard them...63 peeping chicks! It was an exciting trip home with the box on my lap...DH had opened one corner of the top of the box so I could see if they were ok but as soon as I pulled the lid back 63 fluffy little heads looked up at me with that...'lets fly the coop' look. I put the lid down but stuck my hand gently inside the box..oh my...it was warm...and OH SO SOFT. When we got home hubby went out to the garden shed and turned on the warming lamps in the trough and put their food and water on top of the wood shavings and newspapers. Then I opened the box and started lifting them out. Oh MY they were soft and just so darn cute!!! With all the excitement and 'cutness' I forgot to count the chicks as I took them out of the box...can you imagine trying to count 63 chicks all zipping around?! I'm just going to have to trust Murray McMurray's count I'm afraid. Most of the chicks are Buff Orpingtons which are a beautiful English breed that is the most gorgeous gold color. They are a friendly bird who for the most part love to be handled. We had two...now we're down to one and they are my favorite breed. We also have 8 black Australorp chicks another big friendly breed who have great personalities....our handsome rooster is a black Australorp. Did you know that a hen of that breed has the record for laying 364 eggs in one year?! That's a lot of omlettes!!!
I see you! Little Black Australorp in a sea of Buff Orpingtons.
Little fluff ball
Taking a drink
Keeping warm under the heat lamp
Wouldn't you just love to put your cheek on that soft little pile of fluff!
I hope you'll come back and visit us here on the farm again. I promise to take lots of 'chick' pics!
I hope your day is a sunny one.