OK, so, for better or for worse, I have decided not to weigh this week. Too stressful for them with the leg band change and then new roaming outside the tractor. (I welcome suggestions for weighing birds accurately once they get this big.)
But with them ranging outside, I'm getting a much better look at each bird, including watching them "be themselves" with more room. Unfortunately, I like all the cockerels. Forced to pick, I'd still like to keep 6 out of 7 of them. NOT practical. So I will keep watching them closely. In the meanwhile, I may have been mistaken about Tank being the top of the pecking order - at a minimum, there are two other cockerels in the running, the slate legged boy and the rose-combed black one (and they may even be gaining on Tank in size as well). I'm just going to keep watching them as long as I can before I have to make a decision. I like them all - so unique, each one!!!
More photos, of birds I didn't get good photos of yesterday, mostly the other cockerels and Puppy. Oh, and I also named all the NN girls today - didn't set out to do it, but it just happened after watching them for so long, and I knew I was keeping them for long haul. Puppy, Sweetie, Buffy (the third smaller buff pullet), Trinity (all black pullet), Switch (small black-downed pullet with red accents), and Mystique (partridge pullet - got the name for her hairdo...).
Here is the boy that I think may be vying for Tank's position at top of the pecking order. I witnessed one exchange between him and Tank where Tank backed down. He even stared down the big rose-combed black cockerel (who is the other one I was thinking might be vying for top spot). Mostly, this boy spent his time today walking around looking for other cockerels to put in their place. (Though he wasn't all that obnoxious/violent about it.)
Here's one of the smaller boys, buff-looking, NN phenotype. Super friendly ever since he was little bitty:
Here's one of the boys who started black-downed. He has turned out so pretty - and today, he decided that I was his best friend...
And here's Puppy, friendly as ever.
Switch and Trinity were also cuddly today, as was Sweetie - I just didn't get photos, too busy cuddling.
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