Baby Chicks are here!
Spring is the time of year when the baby chicks arrive at Andrew’s Legacy. We were excited to receive about 35 chicks in the mail yesterday. While I was making breakfast for the guests I received a call from the Riverhead Post Office, not my local post office, but one about 16 miles away. After I finished making breakfast I rushed to Riverhead and received a small cardboard box with the angry chirping chicks. I had built a brooder in the basement. I call it the “Chickenator 2000.” The first 24 hours is critical and as I removed them from the shipping box, I dipped each one of their beaks into the water so they knew where it was and put them underneath the heat lamp. Within a few hours under the lamp, they were rejuvenated and were running around like chickens with their…, well lets just say they were running around.I got 15 Silver Leghorns, a rare breed of prolific egg layers that are on the the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy list as a recovering breed. I also got 6 white Japanese Leghorns, which I will be raising mostly as pets. I am also brooding 12 New Hampshire Reds for the Sanninos of Bella Vita vineyards. Here are some pictures of the little devils and a short video.Silver Leghorn chicks on the left and an adult rooster and hen on the right. These chickens are prolific layers of white eggs and are on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy list as a recovering breed.A Japanese white Bantam chick on the left and an adult rooster on the right. Amongst the smallest Batams, an adult chicken can fit in the palm of your hand.A New Hampshire Red chick on the left and an adult rooster on the right.A chick at the water fountain.
Date: April 20, 2011