We dun it! We got us some more chickens. Before I go on- let me take a minute to discuss feed stores.
We have been to three feed stores here in town. Hot tip: they sell brand name dog and cat food much cheaper than say a Petsmart for those who have never otherwise had a reason to step inside a feed store. Feed stores are notorious for their bad service. I am going to make a sweeping generalization that they are run by good ole boys who size you up instantly upon meeting you and usually decide they don't like you. Working in my favor is the fact that I am female and that I put on my strongest country accent as I walk in the door. Dirtiest Husband, who is a very nice fellow, usually sends me in because no one will help him. Here's my quick review from best to worst service here in town.
Moore's Feed and Seed Store- This is the store we purchased our chicks at today. They were super helpful and showed me the chicks, as well as a book they had hanging by the cages discussing each breed. They tried to jokingly sell me one of the peacock chicks- which Dirtiest Kid in the World would have LOVED. They also sold guinea hen chicks and unmedicated feed.
Word to the wise: Not all feed stores carry live chicks and not all feed stores have them in stock all the time. Call ahead.
Hot tip for Austinites: Callaghan's has a great selection of chicks most of the year.
Alamo Feed- This is the most central store and has average service for a feed store. The people there are not going out of their way to be friendly but they will carry heavy feed bags out to the car for you. It helps to bring a small child.
Lockhill Pet Feed and Lawn- WOO BOY! This place wins the award for worst service I have received. We read online that they carried organic feed. So we drove way out of our way to try it. I asked an employee if they carried the organic brand and he stated he did not know and walked away. I stood there waiting until realized he was not checking the back or asking someone else- he was just done discussing it with me. We asked a cashier and she just stated NO and glared at us. I mentioned we had seen that they did carry it online and she just stared at me with no response. Ok then. We left. Do they really carry organic feed? That mystery has never been solved.
I have been having a bit of a bad week but it is impossible to feel sad after holding a bunch of peeping chicks. If anyone else is having a rough week- you are welcome to come hold one. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face. More updates of the new chicks coming soon.