It doesn’t get much more exciting on a homestead then driving to the post office and getting a box full of cuteness! Our chickens arrived on Monday, February 24th which just so happens to be my birthday! What a great present! We ordered 25 chicken of the Rainbow Layer assortment from McMurray Hatchery!
We set to work getting their brooder set up and making sure they ate and drank soon. When they hatch, they have enough food in their system for 3 days, which is how they survive shipping. We use a water with electrolytes for the first few days to give them an extra nutritional boost.
We were able to buy organic feed from our local feed and seed. It has great quality ingredients without medication or byproducts. Only the best for our chicks!
Just another picture of this baby chick cuteness! They don’t stay this fluffy and tiny for very long. We definitely enjoyed it while it lasted!
This is one of the breeds we called chipmunk for awhile. They were brown with a black stripe down the middle. Reese is holding this two day old chick.
One week old and they already look so big!!! You may recognize that they are in a rubbermaid tote. We used paper towel over the pine shavings for the first few days until their legs became steady. If young chicks slip, they can develop spraddle leg. It also made cleaning their brooder pen very easy!!
Here is one of our one week old grey chickens. They are my favorite color! I can’t wait to see what breed they are!
Here is a grey chick and a yellow chick. The rainbow Layer assortment promises 5 different breeds. The colors we noticed were grey, yellow, black, brown, and another variation of grey.
Reese was the chicken whisperer from the moment they came home! Here she is holding one of the black chicks at 9 days old.
Here is a view of how much space the chicks were taking up already! They were ready to move to phase 2 the garage brooder!
Here is a look at the brown “chipmunk” chick at day 12. Her feathers were already coming in with more defined color. Stay tuned for phase 2 the garage brooder!