I have some new color at my house. It's a pair, and they will be helping with the turkey project (now set back a year because the hatchery sent me the wrong birds...). Ok, so all I wanted was Standard Bronze turkeys, and I think they thought I made a mistake, and send Broad-breasted bronze. NO! I need the standards because a) they can reproduce naturally (the BBT's can't), and b) crossing them with the Auburns gives me the sex-linked colors in the poults, so I can market a pretty close count of hens and toms. Hmph.
So the new residents are (drum roll please) - a yearling pair of Peafowl. Since the incubation period for both species is the same, 28 days, I can change out eggs and have the peahen hatch out the turkeys (turkey hens are notoriously poor mothers).
A walk on the mild side
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