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More Mail Order Chicks

We just picked up some brand new mail order baby chicks from the post office!

This is our second time to receive mail order chicks through the post office, and quite a few of my loyal Facebook readers were very surprised that the post office deals in baby chicks. It’s true and has been going on for many years.

We have ordered from eFowl both times and been very pleased with their service. It turns out that they made a mistake this time and shorted us by 5 chicks. Once I brought it to their attention though, I was refunded the money within the hour!

When chicks are ordered through the mail, you get a notification by email when they ship. Then the post office calls the first thing in the morning to tell you there is a box with your name on it peeping like crazy.

We all piled in the van and went downtown to pick up our chicks. We opened them up to examine them right there in the post office, just in case we needed to report that any didn’t make it alive. All of them were alive and well, just like the last time!

Here is a video of the pandemonium reaction from everyone upon first seeing the precious peepers.

A few of you remarked that you wish you could have chickens, but you live in the city limits.

Did you know many city ordinances allow chickens?

Here is how we house our chickens.

We took the door off this storage shed and covered the floor with shavings.

Here is the view from our front porch. You can see that it is about 100 yards from our house and the chickens free range in the yard between the two.

We ended up having to “goat proof” the interior because our dairy goats knocked down the nest boxes and we also caught them eating the eggs! For a while we were only finding 2-3 eggs per day, bus since putting up the barrier, we are back to 15-20 eggs each day!

We want the goats to be able to go inside during stormy weather, but not get to the eggs, so we rigged up a barrier which the chickens and ducks can cross, but the goats can’t. Ya think she misses the farm fresh eggs?

We put an old rabbit hutch inside the hen house to house the new chicks. It is just the right size and height. Baby chicks need a heat lamp, water, and chick starter (food).

Here are some of our makeshift nest boxes for the older hens to lay in.

And here is a view of the other side with some more nest boxes.

Chickens are easy to care for and provide our family with lots of eggs and entertainment!

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  1. Chicks are sooo cute! And the thought of them arriving in a box at the post office is just delightful!

    Thanks for the link about city ordinances, too. People who are considering getting chickens should also remember to double check the rules if they are renting or living under an HOA.

  2. Thanks for posting about this. My husband and I are in the midst of building a chicken coop, and I was considering ordering some by mail. It’s good to see how “painless” it is. :-)

  3. Fun! We got mail order chicks a couple years ago – they came on my oldest son’s 4th b-day. It was pretty fun to get them from the post office. All that cheeping! :)

  4. Note that you also have to be aware of any covenants and restrictions your neighborhood has.

    Your link says that Austin, TX allows chickens. However, I’m looking at houses lately and at least in our price range, every neighborhood has a HOA and every HOA specifically says no livestock/fowl/etc. in their Covenants Deeds and Restrictions.

  5. For example. “The raising, breeding or keeping of animals, livestock or poultry of any kind on any Lot in the Subdivision is strictly prohibited; provided, however, consistent with the Living Unit’s use as a residence, dogs, cats or other household pets may be kept on a Lot, provided they are not kept, bred or maintained for any commercial purposes and further provided, no more than three (3) such pets may be kept on a Lot. …”

    • There are lot more reasons than just no chickens to avoid HOA’s! When purchasing a home it is important to actually read all dead restrictions as well as any HOA convences. This is why many people choose to only buy homes without those things! Not chickens per sey, but someone else telling you what you can and cannot do on “your land” Many nice older neighborhoods in Austin are restriction free, tell your agent you want a home with no restrictions.

      • It is more important to us to stay in our price range than raise chickens.

        • I understand the price range issue, that is why we chose to live outside of Austin, and for my husband to commute in every day. We have no HOA, we are not in the country so we have city sewer and city water and regular power and gas, and only a 20 mile drive into Austin. Make sure you drive around the neighbor hood you plan to buy in, some HOA’s are well run, and some are not hardly worth the paper they are printed on.

  6. We’re going to be first time city chicken owners! Our three kids are so excited about this prospect. For our city (Hillsboro, OR) we have to get an animal permit and we are only allowed to have three chickens. We would love to have more, but we’re going to be grateful that we can have any! :)

    Loved the video of the cheeping box..so cute!

  7. So fun!!! We have no HOA and currently have 5 hens. They will start laying in July- we cant wait!! DH built them the fanciest coop in the world so they are very spoiled!!! And the kids love them!!

  8. Rebecca L. says:

    Do your chickens get into the garden? We live on an acre of land and have 2 pretty big gardens. We raised chickens when I lived at home and had a garden but we kept ours penned, in a HUGE pen.

    • Smockity Frocks says:

      We have never had a problem with them getting into the garden. The goats on the other hand are garden pests if they get out!

  9. So cute! I’ve always wanted to get chickens, but my city does not allow them at all. Maybe one day I will get to move out to the country!

  10. Connie, have your kids ever read the picture book “Mailing May”? It’s a hilarious true story about a girl who was mailed on a postal train in the 1800s and she was classified as a baby chick. You’d really love it.

    We live in the DFW area too, and are considering getting chickens (we recently bought several acres) so I appreciate your advice!

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