Hi all! I haven't been around the forum much for a while. Not since my favorite turkey, Cranberry, got eaten by a coyote back in September.
But I went and bought my two remaining Jennies a tom on Valentine's Day. (Appropriate present for them, I think.)
(He's molting by the way. Huge pig pin feathers coming in on his tail. I love it!)
So now that I have a male, it brings up a few questions for me. How long will it take for my two females to make friends with him? I thought being the only three turkeys among 16 chickens, they would group together. But everyone pretty much leaves him completely alone.
He basically spends the whole day walking around like this. I don't even know if he stops to eat. (I have seen him drink.) Is he trying to impress the ladies, or scare off all the potential enemies he finds himself surrounded by?
When I am in the yard, he goes around me like this in circles. Is that good or bad?
I've seen some signs that my Jennies might get interested in laying eggs soon. One was on the ground tucking dried leaves all around her body. The next minute she had given that up and was off with the flock. Will there be some kind of hormonal switch that will cause them to finally notice that there is a male present?
I'm getting excited for something to happen, because I've been playing around with the genetic calculator. I chose a Royal Palm for my tom because my females are a Narragansett and a Sweetgrass, so I think those will be great pairings for all my future little poults. Thank you if anybody can tell me what kind of behaviors I can be expecting from the three of them. I've tried to research it. Hundreds of pages to search through, and my computer loads v..e...r...y s..l..o..w..l..y....