Baby Chicks Come in a Happy Meal Box.

In early 2016, after pining away for chickens for years, my family was finally ready for our first "pets". It took me a long time to convince my husband that the birds would be worth the effort (of course, I wasn't sure, I just HOPED they would be...)  I spent hours researching the right breeds for our cold winter area, finding the perfect blend of docile, cold hearty prolific egg layers and made a careful order online in December. [caption id="attachment_1667" align="alignnone" width="3264"]01-30-16-11 Chicks in a Brooder at Agway[/caption] BUT....then at the end of January I drove to the local Agway store and heard the amazing, hopeful peeps of day-old chicks.  I was desperate for something soft and happy, so I cancelled the online order and returned to the store the next day, family in tow.  I actually found most of the same breeds that I had previously ordered, so it worked out perfectly.  Sigh. We got the basic supplies- a chick feeder, waterer, heat lamp, and thermometer.  My daughters picked out the cute little fluff balls from hundreds of chicks in the brooder.  My oldest chose a very quiet, shy black chick.  To this day, Herme (named after Hermione from Harry Potter) remains her favorite. [caption id="attachment_1668" align="alignleft" width="251"]01-30-16 (41).jpg Chick Crate- aka - live chick Happy Meal[/caption] I haven't eaten at McDonalds in over 20 years, but I still remember the size and shape of the happy meal boxes.  I used to love getting the chicken nugget meal as a kid.  The irony of carrying home 6 live chicks in the happy meal box was not lost on me. We ended up choosing 2 Easter Eggers, 2 Buff Orpingtons and 2 Plymouth Rocks.  All are breeds that are good egg layers, hardy in cold temperatures and very people-friendly. For over two months, the birds lived in our house.  More than a month more than planned.  A story for another post.  Keep posted.  ha.   [caption id="attachment_1669" align="alignnone" width="1024"]01-30-16-35 2 Day Old Fluffballs[/caption]

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