The turkey poults are now just over a week old. I am so pleased the hen took to them, it is so much nicer than an artificial brooder. The poults are very bold and friendly and trying to clean the pen and feed them without any escaping is becoming more challenging by the day. Another week and they will probably be big enough to move to the stable
The Exchequer Leghorn chicks are 3 weeks old. They are feathering up well but are still very dependent on the mother hen for guidance and are still brooded by her for a surprising amount of time considering the warm weather. They frequently ride on her back. In a couple of weeks time they will go into a bigger pen, when we have yet another poultry 'move around'.
The mixed group of chicks hatched by the Indian Game, at 6 weeks are at the 'scruffy' stage, looking at times like little vultures. The cock birds amongst them are beginning to spar and although still attentive I feel the mother hen wouldn't object too strongly if I separated her from them. I am just waiting for the chicks to grow a little more so they are less likely to fall prey to any corvid.
At 10 weeks old the mixed flock of table birds and Welsummers are doing really well, lively, bright and everything I could ask for. A couple are already standing out to be promising birds. As soon as the new area at the yard is fenced and their new home renovated they will be moved on. The table birds amongst them will be moved at a later date into their own pen. I will select between four and six of the Welsummer pullets to add to my flock, the rest I will try to sell.
Photo: 10 week old Gold Duckwing Welsummer
Finally the very first chick of this year to hatch, back in February, a Exchequer Leghorn pullet now 18 weeks old and not too far off laying.