Our chicks and baby turkeys arrived yesterday. What were we thinking...
We've got 50 Cornish-X, though 20 of them will be going right away to someone else. The black ones are Black Australorps that I ordered at the last minute. (Madman had sent me down to the feedstore with our turkey order. I was unsupervised. Black Australorp chicks were on their order list and were the same price as Rhode Island Reds. I couldn't help it. I'd wanted Australorps since the first picture I saw of them, and there they were, right on the order form. How many times do you get a chance to impulse buy chickens...)
Madman picked up the chicks when they came in, and brought them home. "You're going to love your Australorps," he told me. "They look like little penguins."
And we got half a dozen turkey poults. We've never grown turkeys before, so this should be an interesting experiment. The three in the foreground are turkeys - they look like chicks with lumps on their heads.
I told Madman I wanted to take a black marker out to the chick's coop and draw little bow-ties on the Australorps. "Wouldn't that be cute?" I asked. He just laughed and shook his head. And went to hide the markers.