|Cute little buggers, aren't they?|
Having never ordered chicks myself (I've always shared someone else's order), I was totally surprised when the phone rang yesterday morning at a few minutes after 7 and it was the Post Office telling me to come pick up the chicks. I quick threw on some clothes, brushed my teeth, and set out to pick them up. The 2 ladies working the counter at the Post Office seemed to be just as excited as me, asking me to open the box so they could play with the chicks. I decided against opening the box for fear I wouldn't be able to close it all the way and might have chicks jumping around the car on the drive home. I made a quick detour to the local feed store before heading home because I wanted to pick up a couple extra feeders and waterers so I'd have enough for the 30+ birds in the box. I was out of the feed store 5 or 6 minutes later and home 10 minutes after that, setting up a snugly nesting box for the babies.
I can only say how pleased I am with the purchase from S & G Poultry in Clanton, Alabama. The chicks arrived healthy, and obviously well cared for in a timely manner. I did request that they be sent Express Mail at my expense because I think the shorter trip helps in their survival, but I would do that anywhere I placed an order. I decided to go with S & G because it is owned by a husband and wife team and I've always thought that supporting small business is better than supporting big business, they are relatively local, and I like the fact that their birds are not the usual factory Cornish Rock Crosses, the meat birds sold at most hatcheries and the ones you get in grocery stores. These chicks will take a couple extra weeks to finish growing so will cost a bit more in feed, but I truly believe they will have fewer health problems (no heart attacks or broken legs from too much weight gained at too fast a rate) since they are bred to be foragers and not bred to sit in cages for the duration of their lives. They might even be tastier. That I'll have to let you know when we cook up the first bird.