I am so ladylike sometimes.
But besides that, they've been pretty good. This batch, which is from a different hatchery, has been far more active than the last. Unless their weights are low at the end of the day (THE day), I'll be ordering the next-and last- batch from them again.
I sometimes wonder if it's the turkeys influence on them. They share their pasture with the turkeys, and though the turkeys don't stay in the pasture (they can fly really well, something I did not expect), they do hang out a lot of the day with the meatballs.
|Comingling at the feeder, turkey and chicken butts together|
And once something is dug up, they move in and gulp it down.
I know, they don't show a lot of action in these pictures. But I thought it was pretty clever the way they know to wait until the others do the work for them, whether it be an egg layer, or a turkey.
Then they get the good treat at the end.
Speaking of turkeys, they are gettting l-a-r-g-e.
|This is Gus|
|Gus likes the camera.|
"Well, I'm handsome. Why shouldn't I?"
Out of the four Naragansetts, we seem to have 3 males and a female. Gus is the first one I could identify as male. He LOVES to show off. Turkey boy, in that picture above, is also male and the one Gus likes to fight with occasionally. I believe I saw one of the others flaring at me (I'm attractive to turkeys, I guess) a few days back, and it was not Gus (who's banded) or Turkey Boy (who's gigantic and easy to spot). The last Naragansett hasn't shown off and is a slightly different coloration than the other three, which makes me think "female". It won't surprise me, however, if I am completely wrong.
And Great White?
Great White is 12 pounds, if she's an ounce, and I believe also a female. Again, I could be completely wrong. She doesn't fly well, due to her large stature, but loves to keep up with the littler ones.
At 11 weeks, it is really something to see how big she really is.
Great White is slated to be Thanksgiving dinner, but I will find no pleasure in that. Not that I do, anyway. Great White has quite a personality, which I was unprepared for. The Naragansetts will be sticking around, unless there is one male too many, because though they sit on the roof of the house, and dig in my flowers on the porch, and eat like pigs, they are some of the sweetest animals on the place.
Yep, I was surprised about that as well.
So, it goes as it goes. I'll let you know how the day turns out on Saturday! Until then, stay cool! We've got a scorcher (another one) here!