Well, Becker Farms is now the proud home of 99 Colored Range chicks! They arrived Friday and I was able to get them home from the post office and settled before going to work. I took the above video that morning. Aren't they fun to watch! I'm thrilled with how vigorous they are. I didn't have to show them how to eat or drink, they just jumped right in. They do need a bigger space so I'm going to work on the eggmobile today. Right now the chicks are in our basement. Once the big chickens are out the old coop is going to be our brooding space. We did have one fatality yesterday, it was very weird and I still don't know why it happened. The chick had a bum leg and a sore on it's belly. Honestly, it looked like a little piece of intestine had come out and wrapped around the leg. It was horrible and I hope it doesn't happen again! On the plus side, the rest are doing great!
Apparently I was super worried about the chicks last night. The night went something like this:
9 PM - Hubby takes a shower, I start to fall asleep on the couch.
9:10 PM - Uh oh, what is that sound! Sounds like a chick in distress.
9:30 or 10 PM - Hubby wakes me up, I move to the bedroom and go back to sleep.
10:23 PM - Wake up, dreaming chicks were all gone. Fall back asleep. Toss & turn a lot.
12:43 AM - Wake up to another weird noise. What is that!? After listening I determine it is the puppy barking in her sleep, so she's having a rough night too. But where is she!? I get up and find the bedroom door open (unusual) and the puppy on her couch. Fine, she should be okay there. Then I tiptoe downstairs and watch the chicks. All still alive!
1:05 AM - Back to bed.
3 ish AM - Wake up dreaming of a new idea for a Criminal Minds episode. Eventually fall back asleep.
6:43 AM - Sam (our medium size lab) decides I've slept long enough and should wake up and let him outside. I do so after making a mental note that human children are a very bad idea and could be the end of any kind of sanity for me...
Enjoy your Sunday, check back later for my Sunday Stroll!