Yes, it's true! Another order of 25 baby chicks arrived this morning, bright and EARLY! I wasn't able to order any Guinneas on either of my last two chick orders due to availability, but was able to pre-order for the next hatch (which happened to be this week). So I pre-ordered 10 keets (baby Guineas), along with 10 Cuckoo Maran pullets and 5 Welsummer pullets from Ideal Poultry.
I would have just had the keets sent since we already received two orders of chicks this spring, but it's better for the babies to have more birds included in the shipment not only for warmth, but to keep them all from being too juggled around during shipment. And besides, what's a few (and then some) more chickens to feed?
In the photos, the Cuckoo Maran chicks are black with white bottoms and a bit of white on their wings and heads. When they grow up, they'll be black and white hens. The Welsummer chicks are the brown striped chicks, that have similar markings as chipmonks! They're so FLUFFY!! The white, mostly white, and little silver grey chicks are all various colors of Guineas.
What I love about the Cuckoo Maran and Welsummer hens is that they lay eggs that have a rich chocolate brown colored shell. In 6 or 7 months when these little hens start laying, their eggs will look so fun in our egg boxes!