Crossing the Road
I'll hope for pullets with you.I seem to have a double senior hen position in Tribe 2. The Tribe has in the past followed Bracket more, or less. Producing chicks I think gives a hen some extra status in the tribe. Nolia triple sat with Hinge and Bracket a while ago. This is Brackets third go at being mum.
Nolia is the eldest and it has seemed that the eldest hen is usually the most senior. There could be a number of reasons for this.
As the scraps between Nolia and Bracket and then Hinge showed, under the weather or not Nolia was not going to get bullied. This does seem to make Nolia the most senior but she isn't interested in bossing everyone around like Bracket is.
I watched Nolia having supper tonight. I put down three bowls, one with medicated feed for the chicks and two normal. Nolia fed a bit from all three and everyone backed away after a warning/identification call. At least one of Brackets chicks is female. I'm hoping two are but with those ridiculous hairdos it's difficult to say.