Here at Wild Coyote farms, we just got our new shipment of 50 baby chicks. The chicks arrived in the post office Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 in the morning. I got the phone call and went to the post office right away in the morning to ensure that they wouldn’t have to be in a cold environment for long and they could get there first taste of food and water quickly.
When I arrived at the post office, they were still closed, so I simply knocked on the door and yelled out that I was the guy here to pick up “the chicks”. Pretty soon a lady came and opened up the door, acknowledging my presence, she turned back towards her coworkers (average age probably 55), and says, “There is a young man here saying that he’s here to pick up chicks”!! Quickly, one of the ladies (probably the oldest out of the bunch) yells back, “well is he good looking”?
Without further razzing, I was given my 50 chicks, which easily fit into a box not much larger than a shoe box and I am sent on my way.
By now the chicks have all happily adapted to their new surroundings, although we had a particularly poor survival rate. Sadly we lost 7 chicks in the first 24 hours. Luckily, if the chicks make it passed the first day, they are very likely to survive all the way to maturity. If any of you are considering raising chicks, it is quite an easy process, but it does take a bit of resilience to watch the poor chicks suffer that don’t make it through the first day, even though we try all we can to separate them, give the electrilite water, hold them, and spoon feed them applesauce. But, through it all, I do love watching these cute little guys all run around in search of that perfect little kernel of grain. They are also so fun to watch fall asleep! They will just be standing in one place then start rocking back and forth as they get sleepy, finally succumbing to exhaustion, it’s not uncommon to see them fall straight away onto their faces!! They sure are another example of God’s amazing creation, especially considering how fully functioning they are at just 1 day old. Amazing!
Next, I will discuss some plans that I have for making there chicken coop an automated system so that I can take care of them and keep tabs on them when I am not actually present. If anyone has experience with sensor integration microcomputing, all input will be apprectiated!