And then we had 26

We now have 26 chickens – I received the new babies today! They were replacements for the dead chicks we received in March. The ten we received today are all alive and doing well. Luckily it was a lot warmer this time for their travel, although we did get an inch of snow this morning.   A couple of the chicks were a tiny bit sluggish this morning but are now eating and drinking ok, and running around with everyone else.

New chicks in their brooder box
New chicks in their brooder box

Here are the new chicks:

This little one has a top-knot, which means it will have a fluffy feathered head.  Most likely some type of Polish chicken.
This little one has a top-knot, which means it will have a fluffy feathered head. Most likely some type of Polish chicken.*
A little small yellow and gray chick - this one was a little sluggish this morning. He's smaller than everyone else.
A little small yellow and gray chick – this one was a little sluggish this morning. He’s a little smaller than everyone else.*
This one is a brown and yellow mixture
This one is a brown and yellow mixture
This one is pale/white with a darker grayish head. Its fuzz seems a tiny bit loner than most of the others. It also has feathered legs
This one is pale/white with a darker grayish head. Its fuzz seems a tiny bit longer than most of the others. It also has feathered legs.
A little orange chick. This one cheeps a lot and very loudly.
A little orange chick. This one cheeps a lot and very loudly.
These two look like twins, they are both brown with feathered legs, like my older feathered leg one from the last batch.
These two look like twins, they are both brown with feathered legs, like my older feathered leg one from the last batch.
This is a Dorking - you can tell by its toes - it has 5 instead of the typical 4.
This is a Dorking – you can tell by its toes – it has 5 instead of the typical 4.
A close up of the Dorking's toes.
A close up of the Dorking’s toes.
This is a brown stripey chick.  It has black stripes down its back.
This is a brown stripey chick. It has black stripes down its back.
Here's a little black and silver chick.
Here’s a little black and silver chick.

I made a brooder box for them out of 3 cardboard boxes that I taped together – smaller than the last brooder, so it will be a lot easier to deal with and to disassemble when they go outside.

They’re all doing great so far.

Here they are all together.
Here they are all together.

* Update 4/24 – The two chicks that had been sluggish when we first got them died. The little yellow one (2nd single-chick picture, above) was gone by Thursday morning, and then the little Polish chick (the top-knot chick, first single-chick picture above) died Thursday afternoon.  I wish I knew what happened, but I think sometimes there is something internal that just doesn’t form correctly.  Everyone else is doing well as of tonight (Friday).

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