When last we spoke (about chicks), I wasn't getting any (chicks), at least not that day. I had been assured that my Blue Cochin and Cream Legbar would be coming at the end of May, and that my California White, along with my bonus Speckled Sussex and Americana, would be coming the next week.
Imagine my surprise when I actually did get a call the next week, saying my chicks were in, and would I like to come pick them up at 1 p.m.?
So I picked up my California White and my two bonus chicks, and asked about the other chicks that were supposed to come at the end of the month. Yes, they were still supposed to arrive. Yes, the hatchery guaranteed they'd come.
In the week that they've been with us, the Minis, as we've chosen to call them, have settled in nicely.
This is Charlotte, the California White.
This is Buttercup, the Speckled Sussex.
This is Guacamole, the Americana.
Unfortunately, Guacamole has developed a cross beak.
I got another call from the feed store yesterday. Apparently, all of the Cream Legbars are sold out for the season. And the Blue Cochins are all spoken for. Yup, the very same ones that the hatchery guaranteed would be available at the end of May. Would I like an olive egger and a light brahma? Yeah. No. No more chicks for us this year. Maybe we'll try again next year. Or not. Although I think a lot of hatcheries have been having trouble keeping up with demand, and it's not the feed store's fault, I don't think I'll order chicks through this particular feed store again. I'll go with a store that orders from a larger hatchery.
What a strange and disappointing chick season. Of the three chicks I ordered, I actually received one, and of the three chicks I received, one has a potentially fatal condition. Ugh.
Nonetheless, I am happy to have the chicks that I do, for as long as they're with me. And, on the bright side, chick care has become a lot less complicated now that we're not getting a second set of chicks four weeks later.
So that's that. And those are the Minis. And that's all for now. Take care, friends.