Posting some pics of big Suede and his three girls for those of you who are very familiar with him. Just wanted to show that the Suedenator is still kicking! Old Suede is 4 1/2 years old now. Meg, my big RIR/Buff Orp cross is the same age. Dusty and Smoky (last pic) are probably almost 4 now themselves, would have to check their ages. Dusty recently almost dubbed her own comb on the fence and now looks like she's wearing a beret. As someone I know says, Suede's women are just defective, LOL. Suede gets very brassy as he approaches his molt, as you can see in this pic. The new feathers are always beautiful blue again, then gradually turn goldish since he spends every day outside in the sunshine. This big old 14 lb. marshmallow is such a love, my big blue turkey, never has bitten or flogged anyone, not a mean bone in his body, sweetest thing there is, would starve in order to feed his selfish, piggish women. Suede is one of the earlier blue Orps from Bama Chicken's Sandhill stock, out of her Blue Boy, if any of you remember him (Suede and Blue Boy could be twins), so not what most folks want these days in the way of the BBS Orps, but I would not trade this boy for anything. He hatched here, out of the very first eggs to hatch in my brand new Hovabator that my DH bought me for a birthday present back in 2006. He's my buddy. You can have Dusty and Smoky, weird women, both of them, but you can't take my Suede, no sirree. 99% of the time, his sons turn out to be just as calm and even-tempered as their big daddy is and to me, that matters a great deal. No mean roosters get to stay here; that's a deal-breaker, don't care how perfect they are in looks.