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Help!! We placed an order for a few baby chicks, but canceled shortly-thereafter after a bad encounter with the city zoning board made us reconsider our plans... Signals were crossed at the hatchery, though, and despite refunding our payment, they sent us six day-old chicks! They arrived this afternoon thanks to our very persistent mail carrier (we were out of the house all morning, but he came by 4 times until he caught up with us...).<br><br>
I rigged up a makeshift brooder out of a cardboard box, newsprint, hanging light, and nylon baby-gate. I gave them some smushed hard-boiled egg yolk to eat because we don't have any chick food (didn't expect to have chicks!) on the advice of the lady at the hatchery. I made sure everybody had a drink of water. We're trying to figure out whether we can keep them long-term, or if we should give them to our friends who have an organic farm nearby, or what!<br><br>
I'm at a loss! The little chicks are so darn cute! But I have three little kids (including a 4 1/2, 3, and infant), a big dog, two lazy cats, and <i><b>very</b></i> nosy next-door neighbors. Can/should I keep them? What supplies can I get, or make, ASAP to keep these girls alive until we can find them a forever-home? Any advice is more than welcome!!<br><br>
--Katie the reluctant chicken-keeper<br><br>
P.S. We have 2 Americuanas, 2 Chantecklers, 2 Wyandottes (Silver-laced and Gold-Laced)
 

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you need chick crumbles. and some kind of bedding. you can get both at the feed store or even walmart in a pinch. our walmart has lots of livstock/ chicken supplies. but we are in ranching land. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br><br>
you can give them yogurt or oatmeal right now until you get the crumbles. or the mashed egg yolks will do just fine. if you have an ice cube tray it makes an ideal feeder or waterer until you ca get a chick one.<br><br>
if you can't keep them post on Craigslist! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> someone will want them!
 

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Thanks!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> The hatchery that sent them just over-night mailed two bags of crumbles, and I think this brooder set-up will be fine for now-- I just need to kid/dog proof it a bit more. And I can pick up some pine shaving at the grocery store.<br><br>
Hopefully, DH will see them and fall in love! Then we'll be chicken outlaws <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
-Katie
 

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lets hope they are all hens then! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I ordered females only, so hopefully they sexed accurately at the hatchery! I think we might be able to squeak by with a few hens, but I'm quite sure that a roo would piss off the neighbors... How much worse is a rooster crowing than the hyper-alert howling beagle mix next door <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ?<br><br>
Also-- the hatchery is sending us some crumbles in overnight mail as an apology for sending the chicks... And if we can't keep them, we are going to ask our organic-farmer friends if they mind adding a few chickens to their flock (they've kept chickens before, and have several ducks and geese at the moment)... Good to have a back-up plan or 4!<br><br>
Thanks again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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