Mail Order Baby Chicks are Here!

We received notice on Tuesday that our baby chicks had been shipped. Today is Thursday and the telephone rang at 6:45 a.m. It was the post office calling to say that we had chicks waiting and to come on down and get them. Only in a small town will they tell you that you don’t have to wait until opening time – just come to the back door.

So here’s what we got!

mail order baby chicks

Two-day old chicks straight from Texas. You have to admit that they’ve had a pretty big first couple of days.

mail order baby chicks from Ideal Poultry in Texas

Our mudroom is temporary home to Paul’s fancy “condo” chicken brooder. It’s a double-decker model. We can separate the chicks as they start to get bigger.

condo chicken brooder

baby chicks in the brooder

We ordered three different types of chicks - Cornish Rock (meat chickens) and Plymouth Barred Rock and Buff Orpingtons (egg layers). After ordering I had a moment of panic and contacted the company. “How will I know which chicks are which?!”  Here’s the response I received:

The Cornish Rock will be the only bright yellow breed in your order. The Barred Rock will be black and the Buff Orpington will be a golden buff color. Please send us photos of your order via email, if you are not able to identify the breeds and we will identify them for you.

Can you tell this is my first experience with chicks? Growing up an army brat was not conducive to these kinds of bucolic experiences!

baby chickens

Hannah is excited about the chickies – now that she knows that cleaning out the chicken coop will not be added to her list of chores on a regular basis.

Hannah with a baby chick

She’s working on a list of names for the egg layers (no naming the meat chickens allowed!). If you have any suggestions, leave us a comment. Hannah will take it under consideration.

Sadly, two of the meat chickens were DOA. Keep your fingers crossed for the rest of them! Here’s a look at their introduction to their new home.

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3 Responses to Mail Order Baby Chicks are Here!

  1. Hannah,

    How about Priscilla, Gabriella, Bernadette for chicken names. These are my early morning contributions.

  2. Carol Vose says:

    Hello All,
    Hey, I really liked the movie, but I wish it had a chase scene! …Chicken names: Lilly, Sophronia, Saffron, Pepper, Adelaide, Trinket, Topaz… Love, Carol

  3. cTo says:

    Hey! I came across your post here while looking on the internet for pictures of chick mail-order boxes to prove to a friend of mine that it’s a real thing. Your chicks look great, and I loved the video of them peeping happily. :D Enjoy them!

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