The chicks are shipped immediately after hatching. They have about 48 hours before they'll require food and water, during which time they are sustained by the last of the yolk they consumed before hatching. I always imagine it to be quite a rough and unpleasant way to enter the world! Stuffed into a tiny box to conserve body heat, kept in the dark and jostled around. I hope the employees of the United States Postal Service are gentle with them... :)
I decided to go with some different breeds this year, so we can't wait to see what we end up with! The big fluffy-headed ones are my favorites, or properly called Silkies.
One more because I think it's hilarious! When they sleep, they SLEEP! Often I have to check them because I think one may have been trampled (example: the one face down in the shavings in the front, or the one with its face smashed up against the wall!), but at my touch they're up and off!
So, while the girls have been living in the basement with our new feathered friends, I've been very busy getting ready for Riley's 11th birthday party on Thursday. I made the party favors and readied the scavenger hunt. Alas, that means my sewing machine has been silent, but the ideas have still been brewing in my head. I'm thinking I may design a pair of overalls next, wouldn't that be cute? Here's one of my latest 18 inch doll outfits, I managed to get it listed yesterday in both Simply Smitten and Inspiration-Earth. It kind of makes me nervous to have the same thing listed twice, but I was willing to take the chance! I'm thrilled with my first attempt at a 'hoodie'!
It took me forever to pull that zipper out of an old sweatshirt of my daughter's! I can't believe how many times that thing was sewn in there. It seemed a bit excessive!