Saturday, January 5, 2013

Baby Chicks...a Sad Day...

We got baby chicks in today!   

 It's so much fun when you go to the back of the post office before daylight and ring the bell.  While you wait out in the chill of the morning, you soon hear these little chirp, chirp, chirp, chirps....  There soon comes one of the postal workers with a small box of noisy baby chicks.  You can't see them, but there is no doubt that the package contains baby chicks!

They were a little cool but soon warmed up in the car ride home.  As long as the car didn't take curves too fast, the chicks showed their contentment by calming down their chirping to a quite hummmm...

When we got home, we quickly opened the package and began pulling out the tiny little chicks.  As each bitty is brought out, they have their beaks are put in warm sugar water.  We count each one to make sure they make the trip from Pennsylvania.  Today, we had 31 chicks....just like the  invoice said.

Once they got their first drink, they started exploring.  They moved all around.  Watching them, we could tell they were figuring out where the warm spots were to curl up in and where the spots were to cool down and scratch around!  After watching them for a few minutes, we put the covers on and felt good about leaving them.

Around mid morning, Stacey went to check on the bitties.  As the top came off, so did the wave of heat.  The baby chicks had moved away from under the heat lamps to the sides of the brooder.  So he put the lid back and lifted the cover up to release the heat wave that had built up.  The bitties were still moving around and drinking just like happy little chickies should!

By 4:30 pm, the world stopped for the bitties....

Knox went to check on the babies.  He soon came running back to the house talking incoherently.  After I quizzed for awhile, I soon realized that something was wrong with the new baby chicks....

When we got there, it was obvious that we had a major problem.  Two bitties were all that were moving around.  The rest were gone...dead...the cute little creators that had made the two day trip here were there totally lifeless.  These noisy, yellow balls of fluff were quiet, flat, cold bodies on the floor of the brooder.

What had happened?  What did we do wrong?  Was it too hot?  Did something crush them?  Did a monster of a rat or skunk or cat get them?  The questions mounted....

All we did know was that all put two chicks were no longer living.  Those dead had blood coming from their mouths or their skin, in only one spot of their little bodies. was ripped open.  They were gone.  What had happened?  If only the two living chicks could speech human....they could tell us....

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