New chicks arrived last week! We get new day-old chicks in the mail about every four weeks. The boys-- and Hazel now, too!-- love to be a part of picking them up from the post office and helping them get settled into their new home of the brooder house. They help ensure the chicks have food, water and are warm.
The kids ride in the truck to pick up the chicks, bring them home and help unload. We sometimes use the baby stroller to get the boxes from the driveway to the brooder house. (Baby tools are used for all kinds of things around here!). Then the boys help open the boxes to get the chicks safely into their new home.
They recently have started wanting to have a pet chick. They've "adopted" three chicks so far. It usually lasts for about a day, where they bring one up to the porch and make a special home for it in a large box, with grass, water and food. They've actually been doing pretty well taking good care of them, being super gentle and ensuring they have everything they need. Hazel squeals when she pets them. After a day or so, they start to forget about checking on it, so we put it back with its family in the brooder house. Farm training has begun!