On March 5th, 2015, I awoke to the sounds of soft ice pellets hitting the ground. I wasn’t alarmed by the sound – in fact it was somewhat soothing. The weatherman had predicted ice for Alabama, so it didn’t come as a surprise. What did surprise me, though, was the call that would come five minutes after I woke up. It was the Post Office.
I knew that my chickens from Mt. Healthy were going to be sent via the post office, but I had no clue that I would be called to come and get them. The lady that called was really nice and told me that they had arrived around 2:30, but that she didn’t want to call me at that time. I hurriedly got ready and drove the few miles to go pick up my new baby chicks.
The workers at the post office knew why I was there. Who, in her right mind, would show up shortly after 5 am on a day that schools and businesses were going to be closed due to bad weather? That would be me.
The Beginning of the Story
My mom and I volunteer at a free clinic, and a couple of our co-workers/volunteers have chicken coops. In addition to hearing about their chickens, we have been privy to a few dozen or so fresh eggs from time to time. My mom had started looking at chicken coops and told me she was thinking about getting one. I showed her a picture of a coop that was at our local wholesale club that I had snapped with my phone – she wasn’t the only one who wanted her own hens. Next thing you know, we both had new chicken coops.
We started preparing early for our little chicks. We originally tried to get some from a local farmer, but he didn’t have any to sell. I asked him where would be a good place to get them and he referred me to Mt. Healthy. I would never have thought about ordering chickens through the mail. So I contacted them and in just a couple of weeks our baby chickens were in the mail.
Inside our “package” were 19 healthy little chicks. I took them out and placed them in a large green bin which served as their nursery. It was complete with a heat lamp, thermometer, pine shavings, feed, and water.
Though I was ready for their arrival, I don’t think I was quite prepared for just how cute they would be.
I have had them for 2 and half weeks so far and it is amazing at how much they have grown. They have gone from being all fuzz to having their wing feathers coming in. Their tails are still developing and some of the girls are figuring out how to fly.
This little girl loves to fly up to the edge of the box and perch there. See that screen behind her? We have to use that to keep her from flying out.
On the few days that we have had temps in the 70’s, I put the girls into their coop. They really seem to enjoy being in there and spreading their wings. They flutter about from here-to-there. We put a worm in the coop and they ran all around the coop – either trying to get the worm or trying to keep the others from getting it.