Day-Old Chicks: While Mountain Man Is Away


| 7/12/2010 3:44:34 PM


Red Pine Mountain logoMountain Man left last week for the Ozarks, and his parting words were “Try not to get into trouble while I'm gone.” I solemnly promised I would try and I was doing fine for a while but . . .

At 6:00 a.m. one morning, I’m barely awake and enjoying my first cup of coffee watching the dogs run around outside. The phone rings and I jump. Mountain Man never calls this early. Something must be wrong. Something was wrong all right but not with Mountain Man.

“This is the Post Office. We have your chicks here.”

“Chicks, what chicks?”

“Chicks you must have ordered. There’s a box here with your name on it, and you can come pick them up now if you’d like.”



Oh, no! Not the chicks! I wasn't supposed to be getting any chicks this year. It all started last winter when Mountain Man finally told me I could have chickens. I went crazy shopping for poultry by mail lured by pictures of adorable chicks in catalogs and placed quite a large order. As time went by and I got busy with my additional horses and greenhouse projects, I decided I had my hands full and called to find out if I could cancel the order. After all, they weren't due to arrive in Vermont for months.

George Boothe
8/8/2010 7:42:53 PM

mountain woman.. great news... we sat down at a quite little place and finally discussed why she was so afraid to move. All she has ever known is New Jersey. She did move to Georgia for about a year with me but got really home sick and came back to NJ. Anyways to make a long story short We are planning to buy a nice 14.5 acre parcel in New York. it's about 40 minutes from Syracuse and is right along a snowmobile trail. about 9 acres are cleared and bush hogged every year, and they have been using it in previous years for hay production. Looks like a good piece of property. The sellers are really friendly and easy to talk to unlike some of the sells we have come across. Hope everything goes as close to according to plan as possible we even planned a little extra for the unexpected.. Our plan is a conservative, 6 acre garden area, 5 acres for farm animals, cows, pig or two, chickens, and maybe a few goats, and 3.5 acres for the house ( green house) with solar and wind turbines I plan to build to save me money. We will try to keep you updated and stay in touch. Take care and thanks for the help. George


Mountain Woman
7/20/2010 6:06:55 AM

Hi George, I'm so glad my suggestion helped. Thanks for letting me know. They are egg layers. See you in the country!


George Boothe
7/19/2010 9:08:59 PM

thanks that helped a lot. she is starting on her list and we'll move on from there. Thanks a bunch.. love the chicks by the way. Did you get them for laying eggs or for pets or for meat?