Mail Order Chicks

We got a VERY exciting phone call yesterday telling us the chicks we ordered were waiting for us at the post office.

My Madison pain-stakingly researched which breeds are prolific layers and have friendly dispositions. We also thought it would be fun to have multi colored eggs, so we factored that into our research and ordered females that would give us tan, blue, white, and dark brown eggs.

I actually shrieked into the phone, which could explain why the postal worker was less than excited to see me and requested to verify my identity by looking at my driver’s license.

Apparently, there has been a rash of ladies who pile eight kids in a van and head to the post office on the off chance they will be able to steal some baby chicks.

And video the whole thing.

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  1. So adorable. There’s not much cuter than a baby chick, unless it’s a child marveling over it.

  2. Awww…they’re so cute! My 18mo was glued to the computer going “Aww, Oh!” :) It is a little gross that you can send live chickens in the mail, I don’t know why that creeps me out ;) My hubby and I would love to get some chickens, but they aren’t allowed in the city. Oh well.

  3. Awwwwwww!!!! So sweet! Now I want some. :)

  4. Connie, what kind did you pick based off of your research? I’m thinking we should do this too.
    Thanks so much!
    Kristin

  5. I was wondering what breeds you picked as well. We have White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Speckled Sussex, Aracaunas and Black Jersey Giants. Yesterday my husband and middle son spent hours reviewing the chicks to be delivered to our local feed store picking a few more to add to our flock this year. We are all excited about a few new babies!

  6. They are too precious! I felt much the same way when paying for a late fee at the library I was asked for ID. Do crooks often come in and pay off late fees with stolen credit cards :)

  7. I love you miss Connie! Your comment about stealing chicks made me laugh aloud. I had no idea there were so many kinds of chickens. Have lots of fun and take lots of pictures so us city folks can live vicariously.

  8. MAIL ORDER chicks? And the post office is ok with that?? I’m pretty sure there is a ban on sending live animals through the mail here in Australia… but here in Aus if we want some baby chicks we just have to go to the weekend markets and at least one stall will be run by a farmer selling some.

    Glad they arrived safely though!

  9. Amy Walton says:

    Awww aren’t they just adorable?? (the kids and the chicks) :D

  10. I think the postal worker just had a headache from all that chirping. You’d think she’d be excited to be seeing them leave! They were cute though.

  11. Awwww…I wish we lived where we could do that! My kids would LOVE it!
    Enjoy your new little friends!

  12. So cute! It never occurred to me that you could order live baby chicks and they’d come in the mail. Makes sense I guess.

    I loved the video and watching your girls watch the baby chicks.

    I’m so excited for you! And jealous. I want baby chicks that will grow into hens to lay eggs for my family too. The base is not okay with baby chicks in my backyard though. Or chickens.

  13. You’ll definitely have to share more about which types you guys ordered and such. I don’t know what our neighbors would think, but I think about chickens sometimes.

  14. we’re planning to get one for each of our boys for their Easter basket. We’re planning the coop, learning about their care, etc. Would love to hear more about your experiences caring for these chicks, as you will be just a step ahead of us in this process. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I would love it if you would post more about your chicks. For example, how much they eat, how often they lay, etc. Maybe a pic of your coop when it’s up and running. I’ve been looking into this as I’m hoping to move from an apt to a house in the country quite soon and all the country neighbors have chickens roaming their yards, so I know it’s allowed!

    Just read your post about the layoff – you will make it through, with your strong faith! I had a great engineering job until 2004 , when I was abruptly laid off (we did mostly govt contract work and it just dried up one day, poof! A dept that was 150 went down to about 10 people over the course of a year, I hung in til the bitter end.) I had some bright idea to open a children’s consignment shop which was squeaking by til 2008 when again, the bottom fell out…this time of the entire economy. Every would say “but you’d think your business would be doing BETTER in tough times…” but not when people could buy a $2 or $3 item at Target or Walmart for their kid – we just couldn’t sell everything for $1 and make a go of it. So back to being unemployed, only this time without unemployment and a 401k to survive off of. 2009 was a tough year for me. Lost my business, my dog died, my car was totaled twice…finally had to walk away from my house as it was 45 minutes outside of town and my $9 job didn’t allow for gas money to get there each night, let alone make a house payment. Luckily, I have great family so I slept on my brother’s couch for a year, working the midnight shift and sleeping during the day. I became a temp at the post office running mail through machines and started applying for every engineering job the post office offered – from Alaska to Maine, and after more than a year finally landed one of them. Packed up what was left of my belongings (what I hadn’t sold at garage sales and flea markets, that is) and moved about 400 miles from home. I’m going to be paying my debt off for the next couple of years (following Dave Ramsey’s plan so I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel) and living frugally until I’m 100% paid off.

    My advice? Hunker down. Don’t be afraid to take people up on offers to help. Babysitting? Sure, thank you. Some groceries you can’t use? I’ll find a way to make them work for me. A friend’s husband had 2 knees replaced and loaned me their van for 3 months so he wouldn’t try to drive it. Thank you, God, for giving me friends like that! I played the “drugstore game” and sold all my extra stuff at a local fleamarket on Saturdays – got out of work at 6 a.m. and headed to the fleamarket to set up, and I’d make an extra $200 or so to pay the necessities. I had the best tan that summer that I’ve had in years! Use this time to clean out your house of stuff you don’t really need or use – you can always buy more “stuff” when you are back on your feet financially. Use the money to buy what you need. Use Craigslist to swap for stuff – “I have a treadmill, will swap for a giftcards, oil changes for the cars, etc.” Get creative – “I have a boy’s bike for a 5 year old, looking for one for an 8 yr old”, that kind of thing – amazing what responses you will get, believe me! Tell your family you love them, but there won’t be gifts, greeting cards, etc. til you get thru this time – they won’t mind, believe me!

  16. One last comment – chicks come through our PO every night – it’s hilarious! You walk thru a certain part of the building and all you hear is “peep, peep, peep”. I always stop and say hi to them and hope they are layers and not friers! LOL

    A week or so a rooster in a big box came thru the dock – he crowed all night, and they really do sound just like a See-n-Say! Kept me smiling all night long as people would jump each time he let off a cock-a-doodle-doo!

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