So I was really pleased looking over my newly molted LO adult hen, and my Black orp fella from @kittydoc thats maturing so nicely! Have been integrating him with my LO cockerels and he has become the alpha cockerel in the group. My adult hen and any pullets he is around adore him.
Had a very upsetting loss today, saw turkey vultures aka buzzards circling overhead.. so I started looking around. They know and seem to smell if something has died. Its really creepy when they come, they will circle, and will all but land even if you are standing outside. Ugliest birds you will ever see, just huge. Since we process on a fairly regular basis here I am used to seeing them. Finally found my LO pullet that had broken her neck under a tree by the parking area of our driveway. Not sure if she was perching and fell, made a bad jump.. no idea. So we have one mature hen left, plenty of roos however. DD is bringing any pullets she has back to me and they are getting locked up again. Appears they just do not do well free ranging. I may not keep the breed next year unless a coop is built specifically for them. I am using a different LO rooster this year since my big fellas eyes are so wrinkled and "squinty" looking, trying to improve the eyes in my line.
My little White Holland turkey hen is already squatting! She drops to the ground as soon as I come anywhere near her. Not a good thing, my MW tom is already strutting for her, forget it buddy! I know one Holland is a tom for sure, he is trying to gobble and the neck is super long, nice dewlap developing.. #3 has me on the fence, she is big as the tom but acts hen, has the mohawk stripe down the back of the neck... not sure yet.
Have yet another MW hen trying to build a nest in my old coop. I am swapping duck eggs with what she lays, lol. We can always hatch more ducks and they are hardier than poults outdoors. Setting about a dozen more turkey eggs tonight in the bator, Bourbon and Midgets. Leaving plenty of space for my JMF quail eggs next week
Oo, lots of great news here, but I'm sorry for your loss
Trust the mohawk more than the size. They trade places pretty rapidly in size rankings, especially for the first few months it seems. There have been times some of the hens were bigger than our BB jake. Our dominant hen, Falkor, we thought was a jake for awhile because she would strut and haul off on the jake when he tangled with the girls. Nope, Falkor's definitely a hen. She's squatting and probably laying already. I wasn't expecting eggs until November; these girls are super early bloomers. Eggs are pretty small as yet, but I have faith the girls will be dropping omelets pretty soon. Of the three, Vermi's the only one not squatting every time an adult goes outside.
BTW, in anyone's experience here, will the girls calm down (and quiet down) if I get them a man? Or will adding one make the yard even louder?
Hard to say. BBs are really vocal to begin with, but if they are laying having a tom will make them happier. I have one hen thats brooding and she is calling nonstop. Poor tom running himself ragged, he dashes to her when she starts then she is pecking at him, goofball!