Russell has had much more success with the girls this morning. I guess he realized that doing the hokey pokey when my girls want to waltz and passing on the ridiculous pick up lines gets him a lot more of the kind of attention he seeks. He ignored Hola (despite her attempts to keep him monogamous) and went for Java first thing. All business, no sweet talking. She didn't even try to make a run for it and he's very subtle and quick about it. She did however run to me as soon as he was finished (this is the same girl who runs to me and tattles when someone else sits on her egg before I've collected - every time). His next partner was the SLW who walked right up to him while he was sharing his breakfast with my Golden Spangled Hamburg, Amelia. Amelia actually squatted for him but he passed her over for the SLW. His previous keepers said he always left their bantams alone, even though they were all kept together. Although GSHs are a Large Fowl breed, they are very small. He seems to know he's just too big for her. He's also been leaving my eldest girl alone. She's not laying anymore - do roosters know when a hen has gone through her menopause?
He's still tidbitting for my shy girls and when they approach, he just moves away to let them eat in peace.
Dashing past the fire pit - I think he knows he'd look mighty fine spinning on a spit if he gets out of line...
Photo quality isn't great (he keeps such a healthy distance, it's difficult to get clear shots and please excuse the muddy dish, it poured her yesterday and all last night) but you can see the size difference. Amelia only weighs about 3lbs - if that and he weighs at least 8-10lbs.
We are both much more relaxed around each other. I approached him for photos of him sunbathing and after a minute, he actually closed his eyes. This is good.