So the local store called and said my chicks were in at 8PM last night and asked if I can pick them up by 9. A 30 minute drive later and I was driving home with a box full of 5 bronze turkeys, 5 aracanas chickens, and 5 pekin ducks with the heater blasting because it is only 17 outside.
This isn't my first go around with chicks, so I ran out to the shed, got my brooder boxes, chick feeders, waters and heat lamps, brought them in the house and set up shop.
I use paper towels that I swap out a few times a day for bedding, it just quick and efficient to change and doesn't make a huge mess when I do, I know some say its harder on the feet, but it seems soft enough and I have never experienced foot problems so use this tactic. I do have 2 brooder boxes, but wanted both heat lamps on the same box for a few days to make sure they were warm enough.
From what I have read, turkeys don't do the best with chickens and ducks because they are susceptible to diseases the other breeds carry, so I separated them with a barrier. I added the water, dipped their noses in it, gave them some chick starter feed, then off to bed.
The whole thing sort of looks like a spaceship, but the kids and cats love looking in, and the peeping is one of my favorite things about spring.