Although early, I opted for the February 11th ship date. The little guys must have gotten a chill in shipping, and sadly, I lost almost ½ of them. I can’t say enough good things about the customer service at McMurray. They promptly refunded my credit card and were very nice about the stress of trying to save babies.
Soooo…..fast forward to the end of March. I have 5 little cockerals and 6 little pullets, happy, healthy, and getting big in a hurry. As soon as they are large enough to not be on the local hawks' menu, they will be turned into the big fenced yard during the day where they can live happy little chicken lives and grow up big and strong. The best will be chosen for the breeder pen, and the rest will be an experiment in growing your own food -- free range, cage free, antibiotic free, chicken -- as it should be raised. Ever heard of Slow Food? That's another post for another day.