About 3 days before we closed on our property I caved and ordered day old chickens online. I couldn’t stop myself. It was like a magnetic pull. I tried to convince myself we should just wait. I’d go to the website and pick out my chickens, close it, and walk away from the computer. The next day I’d go back to the website and add the chickens to my cart to see the total price and when they were available. Then I’d close it and walk away. Finally, after days of walking away, I finally yelled “bring me my wallet” into the kitchen. The rest is history!
We ordered 6, day old cheep cheeps from Meyer Hatchery. They’re located in Polk, Ohio. I wanted some place close to lessen the transport time, and they had some of the breeds I was looking for available.
We ended up with a blue Ameraucana, Lavender Orpington, Easter Egger, Blue Copper Maran, Silver Laced Wyandotte, and a Buff Laced Polish. Let me tell you what… I thought I was fully prepared for raising chickens until the moment I put the box in the car. I felt like a brand new mom. Totally panicked and unprepared.
When we got home, we took a picture of each cheep and put them in our baby pool brooder. They were all alive and appeared to be well. I had prepared an electrolyte cocktail in their water and scrambled up an organic/free range egg for an extra little bit of protein. I made sure to stick their beaks in the water so they’d know where it was. We had decided to go with a heat plate warmer instead of a bulb. The fire hazard issue just made me too nervous.
Throughout the first day, all of the chicks ran in and out of the heat, ate, drank, and investigated their new home like little troopers. All except one. Sadly, the Ameraucana seed to lie down under the brooder and sleep most of the day. I didn’t think it was a huge issue considering they had just been shipped overnight, but during day 2 the chick was progressively going downhill. If picked up it would respond and try to escape. I made sure to dip its beak in the water to keep it hydrated as often as possible. We watched and waited. Sadly, the bugger didn’t make it.
We put our deceased friend into a small box and buried her on our land. RIP in feathered friend.
In calling Meyer Hatchery after 24 hours, they told us to call back at the 48 hour mark to make sure the rest were fine as the refunds/replacements for a shipment were a one time deal. When we called back at the 48 hour mark Meyer credited the cost of the chick and the vaccine and gave us free shipping to be used within 30 days.
Ya know, I’d read about “chicken math” and thought most people were just uncontrollable crazies. Friends… it’s a thing. I’m sorry for judging you all. It’s real. I started with 6 chickens. I lost one and went down to 5. After it was all said and done, I ordered 4 more to make up for the loss. FOUR. So now I’ll have 9 tiny cheep cheeps!
We ended up ordering a replacement Blue Ameraucana, Salmon Favorelle, Silver Laced Polish, and a Gold Laced Polish. I really wanted an Olive Egger but they weren’t available for the week I was ordering. I figured I’d just get one or two of those when I get some Black Copper Marans in the Spring! I can already admit that I need an intervention. It’s okay. I’M FINE.
Cecil was pretty tickled about getting to order more chickens. In fact, I feel like I was a little bullied into getting 4 new chickens. I believe the words, “you created this” even exited his mouth. At least I’m not alone in my obsession!
Meet my girls! And apologize for the potato quality pictures – excited, special needs 11-year-old behind the camera!
Marilyn – the Silver Laced Wyandotte
Squirrel – the Easter Egger
Lucky – the Buff Laced Polish
Billina – the Lavender Orpington
Susan (my middle and her bestie named her Charm but that is NOT her name) – the Blue Copper Maran
You can check out my brooder set up and what we’re using with our girls in my “Brooder Basics” post here.
Until next Time!