About three nights ago, we heard the spring peepers (tiny frogs only about an inch long) begin their lilting, little peeping song down at our pond. Now that is, for sure, a definite sign of spring. (Ya hear that Ma Nature? Spring is here! So how 'bout some warm weather now?)
This morning, we got a 7 a.m. phone call from the post office in town saying our chicks had arrived from the hatchery and would we please come pick them up. (Hear very loud peep, peep, peeping in the background.) This qualified as our second batch of peepers.
So off I flew trying to coax some warmth from the heater in my trusty old '85 Toyota Tercel so I'd have a cozy car on this chilly morning to transport the little guys home in.
They must have indeed been a little chilled after their two day trip from east central Iowa to northeastern Minnesota. (You would have thought they could make the trip in one day, but apparently not.) All snuggled together for warmth they were when we opened the box. Hi, guys!
We split an order with Chicken Mama so what you see here are actually four different breeds. Ours are Black Australorp and Light Sussex. (I'm sure Chicken Mama will post about her new babies soon.)
With just a smidge bit of help, they took to eating and drinking right away and are adjusting well to their home in the brooder we have set up in the garage. Chicken Mama will take her chickies home with her tonight and ours will stay here to grow into healthy hens. However, there's a good chance about half of them will be healthy roosters because the chicks are "straight run" which means they aren't sexed. So most likely we'll end up with about a 1 to 1 ratio of females to males. All but two of our roosters will find their way into the freezer and the hens will go on to be our new laying stock. Yay, new hens. Yay, plenty of eggs this coming winter!