On June 7, the post office called to let me know that a cardboard box full of these little ladies was waiting for pickup!
We carefully prepared a safe area for them in the tackroom, with a heatlamp to keep them at 95 degrees for the first couple of weeks . . . then down to 85 for the next couple . . .
These girls are Speckled Sussex pullets, and they will provide tasty eggs and keep the insect population around the house and barns under control. They were chasing and catching flies by about two weeks of age.
More recently, at about six weeks, they enjoyed dining on a nice juicy tomato. They'll be getting most of the table scraps from now on (at least, the scraps that make it past Nilla, Gretchen, and Peanut Butter).
When people ask whether I have children, I reply, "All my kids have four legs and and a tail." Now I suppose I'll have to add that a few have "two legs and wings!"