JiltdRoyalty that looks like a great start - keep us updated with pics as you complete the conversion.
Well, I had a nice surprise today. My neighbor was over visiting and looking at my veggie garden and as we were talking she looked over my shoulder and said "Your asparagus is looking good". I figured it was a joke because I'm there every day lately and last I looked there was nothing to be seen, other than the mulch I lightly covered the patch with. But I turned to look anyway and was amazed at what I saw - Asparagus shoots that are 18" high, several in full leaf!!! I can't believe they came up that fast and that I didn't notice them before she did
I have a problem. I free-range all my birds and they live harmoniously in one coop. Turkeys and chickens have been together for years with no issues. Two years ago I hatched some German New Hampshire Reds and had two cockerels that looked equally good. Unable to decide which should be culled, I kept both, thinking if anything happened to one, I'd have a backup. Yesterday I noticed one of them off by himself in the lagoon area. I went to check on him and he seemed fine so I left him to it. But, last night, when everyone was headed to bed, he was out, wandering around the backyard. I tried to herd him towards the chicken coop but he was very reluctant and kept doubling back and running back up to the house. That's when I noticed my turkey tom was standing near the chicken coop and I wondered if my now-full-grown rooster was afraid of the tom. Sure enough, as soon as I finally did get him herded to the chicken yard, the tom took off after him and chased him around.
Today that rooster is again by himself - at the far end of the chicken yard where other birds hardly ever go. I finally felt sorry for him and carried a small feeder and waterer out to him and he immediately dove in and started eating.
I can't understand why after two years, this rooster is suddenly afraid of the turkey - or why the turkey is singling this guy out and leaving the other roosters alone. And, I'm not sure how to solve it. He's been a good rooster for me - beautiful and respectful and treats the hens well. But, if he no longer has the confidence to be around the hens and mate them, he isn't much good to me. He is the sire of all the pure NH chicks I am currently raising, as I had him penned with the hens to collect their eggs. In fact, I'm wondering if that's where my problem stems from. After being in the pen with those hens for several weeks, I let him out and he and the other NH immediately got into it. I figured it was just roosters re-sorting the pecking order and left them to it. But now I'm concerned by sequestering him, I totally blew him out of the pecking order and he's now so far down that he won't be able to regain any status.
I hate to tell you, I'm thinking about culling him and keeping one of his sons to replace him (assuming they turn out okay). Any other ideas for him?