Yesterday, after I hauled the branches down to the brush heap in the pasture, I sat down to watch the birds for a while. I like to do this from time to time... it helps me see if anyone is injured or not well... and then I can catch the bird and check it out. So, as I sat there, I took a look at everyone. Two of the hens from the little henyard had come over and were dust-bathing in the big henyard. I have purposely left the gate open between the two yards for two weeks now, so that everyone (roosters) will get used to each other, because I am moving all girls to the new henhouse, and part of the roosters. The seven trouble makers and Handsome will be staying in the little henyard.
Here is what caught my eye:
I'm making them big on purpose so you can see what's going on. That's a Tom Turkey... Jackson... circling Mack, the hen in the dust bath.
As he scrutinized her... he tried ever-so-carefully placing a big foot on her back.
And as you see... he is much larger than she.
Finally, as he stretched a foot out again, she jumped up as if seeing him for the first time, and ran back into the little henyard.
Clarabelle and Jackson were a couple before she died... and I have never seen Jackson try to breed Annabelle. I suspect she is just coming into adulthood, but frankly, I have not had an egg out of her in two months. During this whole episode, she was napping ten feet away.
I don't know, but if I were a Tom Turkey, I'd be going after this beautiful girl!