So early in 2017, we sat down and made out an order to send to a hatchery for some new chicks which arrived this morning.
Years ago, we purchased this small garden cart from folks having a household sale. We found it a bit too small for our purposes, but a good size to use as a brooder for ducklings, goslings or, this year, chicks.
Papa Pea got it set up yesterday with heat lamps, water and food in anticipation of the chicks' arrival.
We got the call from our local post office at 7:30 this morning so Papa Pea made the trip to town and came home with a loudly peeping box of chicks who were ready to have their day and a half journey over.
All seem healthy and perky . . . except for one that succumbed on the trip through the postal service.
One half of the shipment.
The other half of the box.
They were all thirsty (understandably) and quickly got the hang of dipping their little beaks in the fresh water. (If only it would stay that way for more than fifteen minutes!)
Now most are settled down for a nap under the heat lamps and will soon be acclimated to their new home in Minnie-soda.