Baby chicks are coming soon! Our chicken coop is getting put together this week.
We have been talking about getting baby chicks for many months. Our plan was to get them at the end of March, right after we got back from our Caribbean cruise. Unfortunately, we never got to take our cruise after a year of planning it because it got Coronavirus canceled. I was so disappointed.
Also because of Coronavirus, stores are closed or restricted so we put off getting the chicks. This morning, I called our local Tractor Supply to see if they had any left. They had none and said they would not be getting anymore this spring. I was so disappointed.
David called the feed store we had visited a few months ago in a different town. They said they would be getting a shipment this coming Friday! So we made plans to go by the store and get all of the supplies we would need for the baby chicks before they arrived.
We did not have time today so we rushed on into San Antonio to work. Our chicken coop builder, Nacho, showed up around 4pm with a helper. By the time we got home, around 8pm, they had a good start on the frame.
They showed up early to work on the chicken coop today. We went to work and came home to an almost complete chicken coop, way bigger than I thought it would be.
We filled orders in San Antonio. Back on the farm, some of our guys found a baby copperhead snake out in a pile of lumber close to the our house and they killed it. How scary! I did not know this, but apparently, snakes like to hang out in piles of wood. We have a lot of lumber around right now because we are building, getting ready for our business, David's Garden Seeds®, to move out here to the farm.
Today they almost finished the coop. Also today, David found someone who wants our old above ground pool. Actually, it is just two years old and is fine but we decided to get a bigger above ground pool this year since we have plenty of room for one. David ordered it but because of Corona, they could not tell us when it will be shipped.
The family who wants the pool is having vehicle problems so he does not know when he can come get it. I hope he comes soon so we can get the ground ready for the bigger pool.
This morning, we went to a feed store in one of the towns close by us, the one that was supposed to get baby chicks tomorrow. We went on the way into San Antonio to pick up all of the supplies we will need for the chicks on Friday.
The sign on the store door said we had to wear masks to enter so, reluctantly, we put our masks on and went in. The first thing I heard was peeping. The lady said they came in a day early and if we did not get them today, they would be gone. She said this was the final shipment for spring. They had four kinds.
The lady working there helped us pick out supplies for the chicks and then someone in the back put 26 chicks in a small box for us. We did not get to pick them out. We decided on eight barred rock, eight Easter eggers aka Americauna chicks, eight Rhode Island Red chicks, and two Guinea hens (we hope). All of the chicks except for the Guineas were sexed as females so we are hoping they are girls, too.
We got back to the farm with the baby chicks chirping away. I felt totally unprepared since nothing was ready. Remember, we weren't supposed to get the chicks until tomorrow. I found a box and lined it with cedar shavings. I filled the feeder with chick feed and filled the water bottle up. Then I placed the 26 chicks, one by one, into the box and put the heat lamp up. I put the chicks in one of our sheds so they would be protected from predators while they are tiny babies.
The chicken coop builders were putting finishing touches on the coop when we arrived back on the farm with the chicks. They showed me around, took a look at my new babies and left.
I ended up staying home from work but David went in. I checked on the chicks every little while, adjusting their temperature and feeding and watering them. The chicks are one day old today per the store and they are so adorable!
First thing this morning, I rushed out to see how the baby chicks fared in the night. To my surprise, they all survived their first night on the farm. I fed and watered them. They eat a ton of feed even though they are so tiny.
David and I went to work but we had staff here to check on the chickens throughout the day. They are now two days old.
Today is the first day that restaurants opened back up to 25 percent capacity, with tables six feet apart. David made a reservation for lunch at our favorite Salt Grass, for our 33rd wedding anniversary which was April 18. We went for a delicious lunch and there were others in there eating as well. Then we went back to work for the afternoon.
David and I took today off from filling orders and did a lot of things that needed to be done on the farm and in our home. It was so nice not to go fill orders. However, some of our staff went to work to fill orders.
All of the baby chicks are still alive and are already growing. They are three days old today and are afraid of my hand.
Today, I stayed home to work on organizing more of the house. David and one other employee went to work for most of the day in San Antonio, filling orders.
Our chicks are four days old today, still alive and starting to get feathers already on their wings.
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