The Chicks Are Coming!

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It's feels crazy to me there are only 22 days until we head out. I feel like this whole process has been hurry up and wait, so I felt a tad silly two months ago when I decided what chicks to order. At the current moment, I'm thankful for my enthusiasm and planning ahead. The list of chicken breeds to order was saved in an excel spreadsheet for easy reference with their cost (which is so me). I am lacking the brain power for any major decisions right now, so if I had to choose breeds today I would have just gone into any store that had them available and grabbed the number we need. 

When I was in Ohio in March the feed store gave me one of Mt Healthy's brochures and waiting for me when I got back to Phoenix were the chicken pages from TSC's flyer. My father in law saw it and thoughtfully mailed it to me! With not a whole lot else to work on and these to read I was able to decide what breeds to order without much hassle. We had many people recommend ordering from Mt Healthy so I was super happy to end up with a brochure. The seller of our house, the lady that quoted us on a new water softener, other friends in Ohio, as soon as I said "chicks" they all said Mt Healthy! For 10 pullet chicks we paid $53 after shipping and an extra fee they tack on for ordering less than 25. You can save a tad per a chick if you order them "as hatched", which means they just grab the breeds you ordered without sexing them. We aren't ready for a rooster yet, and we're not quite set up to butcher, so I was good paying the extra to make sure we ended up with no cockerels. Someday we'll have a rooster named Hei Hei, just wait!

There are two things I am hoping for in our chickens, good temperament and eggs (I also want them healthy, but I feel like that's a given). That's it! I'm easy to please in the chicken department. There are so many to choose from it was a tad overwhelming at first, but I think this first chick order is a winner (you read that right, first, we'll be raising chicks every 2-3 summers to keep up egg production). Our first flock will have two Araucanas, two Buff Orphingtons, two Barred Plymouth Rocks, two Golden Comets, and two Silver Laced Wyandottes. Why two of each? I'm not really sure. I could have gotten one of each breed and had a more diverse sampler pack, but I really felt like they should come in pairs.

Sometimes I make strange decisions based on nothing at all, so don't read into that too much.

I ordered them online through Mt Healthy's website. It was so easy. I could have done it weeks ago, but I didn't realize you could pick your hatch date. I thought I would just go online halfway through Oklahoma and place the order. It's a good thing I decided to investigate, or all the hatch dates may have been sold out and we would have none this year. I originally intended to go to the feed store last week while I was in Ohio to place the order in person, but a few things changed my mind:

I ran out of time. I was a tad too optimistic about what I could accomplish in a week. Seriously, if my in-laws hadn't come over during the weekend I wouldn't have finished all that I did. This post is about chicks though, so we'll chat more about that later.

The feed store required a minimum order of 25, and I only need 10. I'll laugh at this later, cuz I'm sure eventually we'll have like 40 chickens and have eggs everywhere. For now it's just 10. I have to slowly build on the animal acquisition so Jared is less likely to notice how many we have. They offered to take my order and hold it until a few more orders came in so I could just get 10, but I felt like that was inconveniencing them. I paid a small boxing fee of $5 to have only 10 delivered when I ordered directly from Mt Healthy Hatcheries.

I worried about them ordering them too soon and chicks arriving before we did. That would have been a colossal disaster. I'm sure they were perfectly capable of holding the order so the chicks arrived on time, but I worry. I ran through all the scenarios in my head of what could go wrong and just decided not to risk it. I really wanted to support our local store for this purchase, but I'll feel good about getting all the brooder necessities and feed there.  

I'm kicking myself for not getting the brooder prepped while I was there. It was on my list, but the other things I worked on really took it all out of me. The chicks hatch 6/14, so I have about a week and a half after we get there to set the brooder up. Now that they've been ordered my instinct is to finalize the plans, but I'm holding off. The amount of packing that has to be done in Phoenix is a bit out of control and has to to be done by 6/01, so priorities.

Being an adult sometimes really stinks.

While I was gone Jared ordered all the parts for an Arduino controlled automatic chicken coop door. He used this site to figure out what to order and how to program it. Right now it's just the components and motor, but it looks like it works! Once it's on the coop we'll share how it's going and how we implemented it. 

I'll go live on Facebook for the first time after they arrive so we can introduce them to y'all. I decided I can say y'all now, though it still feels a little forced. In the meantime we'll think of names for them! Jared is rooting for naming them after chicken dishes: Taco, Marsala, Curry, Soup, Parmesean, etc.

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Did you get any chicks this year? Getting ours in June I feel like we're a little late to the game this year, but as long as they can go in the coop before winter we'll be good!