This morning I went, with my oldest son and his girlfriend, to pick up my chicks at our local farm store and....they weren't there! :-(
Surprise of surprises, nature doesn't work on a precisely timed schedule. Turns out, the little babies didn't hatch, so the hatchery had nothing to ship! I was really disappointed! But...what am I gonna do? I'm gonna wait, that's what.
Funny little obsessive me, though, I called the hatchery personally a few minutes ago (rather than rely on the people at the farm store), and the lady who answered told me the chicks are "hatching away" right now and will be delivered for sure tomorrow...So, possibly tomorrow, if nature agrees, chicks will come to live with me.
One other disappointing piece of news the farm store gave me this morning...I was hoping for 1 Buff Orpington and 2 Black Australorp pullets that they had previously advertised they would have, however, they told me today that they will only be receiving straight run chicks instead of pullets for these breeds. This means I would only have a 50/50 chance of getting a hen with the chicks I choose. Same with the Ameraucanas, too. Ugh. That was one line my husband drew with me: no roosters. I don't think I should take a chance, do you? So, now I'm thinking about getting a couple of Black Sex Link pullets - they are a cross between a Rhode Island Red rooster and a Barred Rock hen, but I've not heard anything much - good or bad - about this breed.
I just unplugged my brooder and dumped out the vitamin/electrolyte water (said to reduce the stress of shipping) in the waterer. I finally figured out how to get the brooder to a perfect 95 degrees...so everything's ready to go. I'll make up a fresh batch of water tomorrow and try again.
So, I have no baby pictures to share today, but here are some cool shots of what I hope my babies will look like when they grow up. :-)
Barred Rock hen
Black Australorp hen
Black Sex Link hen
Buff Orpington hen
Light Brahma hen
Rhode Island Red hen
Silver-Laced Wyandotte hen