Ok, before we go any further... Our barn is NOT clean and it is NOT tidy. We need to do a bit of work in that area, but most barns aren't really clean. There are lots of cobwebs, etc. My neighbor mentioned that she noticed I cropped my pictures to not show the "unlovely" areas of our farm. =)
We got 82 baby chicks in the mail today. Most of them are broilers, but there are some layers in the batch as well. They really do come in the mail. I usually call the Post Office and let them know that chicks are coming the next day. That way, they call me and I can go and get them early. If I don't do this, the mail carrier will carry them around until he gets to our house, which is not until after noon. They don't appreciate the constant peeping noises. One time he had them in his trunk. I was not sure that was too good for the peeps.
I got the call first thing this morning. I went out to turn the brooder light on to start warming it up before I left for the Post Office. I plugged in the lights and.... nothing. So, I checked to make sure the end of the extension cord was plugged in and it was. I thought maybe the barn light had to be on to make that outlet work. No barn lights. So, I had to come in and have my husband tell me where the barn fuse box was, so I could check it out. I got the lights going and filled the waterer and the feeder. I put the top back on and covered it with a blanket. I left for the post office to pick up my chicks. They are always THRILLED to get rid of them. The chicks make "beautiful" music that drives them nuts. =) The one lady said that they really stink. They only had one other box of chicks besides mine and they don't stink yet. She must be a city slicker!! =)
I got them home and went out and opened the brooder up. It is about 2 feet tall. We had to pour a cement pad for it a couple of years ago because rats would tunnel up from underneath and get chicks. I ended up sitting the box of chicks down in the brooder. Then I bent over and took each chick out, dipped its beak in water and set it down. There were 82 chicks in there. I was reminded that I am an old fat woman. That was a long time to bend over that far. =)
Ah, the beginning of new life on the farm has started. My goat is due tomorrow, but her udder does not show that. I went back and checked my dates and I am right on with them. She looks very pregnant, but her udder is usually really big by now. We shall see what this means. Our cow is due around May 5th if she went into heat right on time.
This first picture is the box that the chicks come in. They will put up to 25 in each section of the box.
Here is our brooder in the not so clean barn. Underneath the blanket is the chicken wire covered top. When they are really little or if it is cold out, we leave the blanket over it to help keep the heat in. It is pretty chilly here today. Right now it is 39 degrees and there is lots of wind. The brooder is in the corner of the barn that does not get much wind at all.
The next two are pictures of the little peeps inside the brooder. They are so cute when they are little.
There is a possibility of snow tonight, Saturday night and Sunday. I assume Spring will come and stay when it is good and ready to. =) Let's hear what is going on at your place!!!