A few months ago, we placed our order for a straight run of Barred Plymouth Rock chicks.
Wednesday, we received notice that they had shipped and immediately set up the brooder pen in a safe area of the basement.
First we laid the vapor barrier and assembled the pen on top.
Then we added the added the shavings,
the heat sources,
and multiple watering stations.
And yesterday morning was the moment for which we have been waiting! The chicks arrived!
They are fragile newborns, but they all seem to have strong instincts. They know to eat, drink, stay warm, and quickly scatter to the corners of the pen if a piece of furniture is inadvertently moved across the floor.
After over a year of planning and preparation, we are so excited that this phase of our journey is finally underway.