Reed and I traveled to the famous Murray McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, IA today to pick up our baby chicks.
We ordered 18 chicks, 5 different breeds, all girls. As the gal handed Reed the box, he was all smiles.
We couldn’t resist looking at them as soon as we got in the car.
When we got home each chick was picked up and its beak dipped in water. If it tipped its head back and swallowed, the chick was put into the brooder. The temp in the brooder needed to be right around 90 degrees. If the chicks got too warm they could move away from the heat bulb. If they all crowded under the bulb, it needed to be lowered therefore making it warmer.
It was Reed’s job to keep watch on the chicks, the temperature, the food and water while I went back to yardwork.
He knows a lot about chickens and will be taking several of these to his place when it gets warm so they can live in the coop.
He picked out a nice assortment, didn’t he? Here he is showing his mom one of the chicks.
It was a stellar day.
These pictures were taken last weekend when the snow was disappearing and everyone was enjoying the outdoors.
Rick and I are learning how to cope a little better everyday. The last two days I’ve been able to work outside and start the dreadful cleanup that our tough winter left us with – so many sticks and branches to pick up and everything is so dirty.
Here’s a teaser for my next post – Connie’s been sewing up a storm. This is one of her quilts – I’ll show the rest of the details in my next post – I hate to say it will be tomorrow because my days are busy.
It was a great day but it’s now midnight. Time for bed!