I received my chicks yesterday. They were shipped on Monday, and the two day journey in freezing temps was not good – the place I ordered from has a 15 chick minimum right now, until the end of March, for a very good reason – it’s meant to help them keep warm on the journey (more chicks = more body heat). They had a heat pack, and there were 16 chicks in my box. I got a call from the post office on Wednesday, and they said the chicks had arrived, but only 2 were alive. I ran to the post office, and there were two visibly alive – everyone else looked to be dead. The postal trucks are not heated at all.
I ran them back to my office, and immediately put a heat lamp on them. Over the next couple of hours, 6 more of them woke up – so total of 8 alive, and 8 had died. I talked to the company I ordered from, and they said to call them back on Friday with the final total, just in case any more didn’t make it.
I brought the 8 survivors home, and they all seemed to be doing well, until late last night. I noticed one little guy had one eye shut, and his peeping seemed to be weak. I went to bed, and had a dream that he had died (in my dream he was a little penguin, which I think is because I thought he looked like a penguin – he was a little black and white chick) – I woke up today and sure enough, he had died in the night. One other little orange guy was acting weak this morning, so I didn’t think he would make it either. About an hour later, just before leaving for work, I went to check on them and he had died as well.
I now have 6 chicks. They seem to be doing really well, everyone is eating and drinking well, and running around in their giant box. They are getting along well with Peepers, although that was a little touch and go at first. Luckily, poor Peepers can’t really move very fast due to his/her crippled legs, so they aren’t in much danger. They like to run up to her, peck at her feet, and then run away. (I’ve found myself calling Peepers a “she” lately instead of a “he” although I still have absolutely no idea what she/he is). One chick kind of nuzzled under her for a bit today.
So anyway, here are the surviving chicks (as of tonight):
I’ll have to see about getting the replacements for the losses sent in a month or so, when it’s warmer so that I don’t lose them as well. For now, these guys are doing well and are a lot of fun to watch.