Today, March 29th, 2011 at 7:30am we got the call from the Post Office. I went at 8:00 to go downtown and get the chicks. They were all there and nice and healthy.
11 Silver-laced Wyandottes and 11 Golden-laced Wyandottes. Last years White Plymouth Rock were all yellow so I was amazed to see black and grey with splashes of gold and bronze.
Very very tiny. You forget just how tiny they are.
We used a box from a new toilet the neighbor just put in his house. It's a pretty sturdy box. I thought about the plastic tubs I'd been seeing and went to scout some out. The problem to me was that they were all narrow and I need to shine a heat lamp on them and let them still have room to get away from the heat. I also don't want the water to get warm. So I was having trouble visualizing the whole thing working out. To top it off, the box was free. Ta da! Free wins every time. My easel works really well for holding the heat lamp.
My good man put a curtain rod across the canvas supports so we can raise and lower the lamp that way. I put a zip tie to hold the lamp incase it slips. You can't see it here but you'll be able to see it later.
The chicks immediately got to work eating, drinking and sleeping, and of course pooping.