Mark, Ya need to play the switch out joke on your kin folk. i pulled this on some friends from mosouri
Ya really need a helper thats in on the gag to make it easy.
Get everything ready to fry and oil hot and get the bird readywhile you are doing this you need to expand on how hard it is to fry a really good bird and that you have to keep your eye on it every min.
If someone asks you why ? Just tell em shrinkage. Usually someone will ask what you mean. Tell them if you cook it to long it will shrink.
A few min b4 you get ready to pull the turkey from the oil you need to get your helper to get evryone to another area.
Pull the bird and put it in an ice chest or pan to rest. Hide this and then you pull out the chicken or cornish hen that you have previously fried and put it in the pot. Start yelling and cussing and when they come back ,You tell them that you are really sorry and that you only turned your back for a moment and then take the top off the pot and show em the lil bird.
It's a great gag and most folks that don't cook will fall for it. At least for a few min.