On Monday, Jenny’s poults will be three weeks old, which is difficult to believe! I swear it seems like they just hatched!
This week they’re quickly losing their fluffy chick appearance as their feathers have continued to grow in, most notably their tail and body feathers.
Looking at the poults from the front, they still look like chicks, but from behind they’re almost feathered in.
The biggest change this week though is behavioral.
The poults are now regularly seen launching themselves up on to the top of the old dog house in the pen, or onto the roost.
Some of the most agile poults can freely fly between the two…look out Jenny!
There are still a few occasional stumbles on landings, but overall, as their wing feathers lengthen, their flying skills are rapidly improving.
None of the poults have any fear of heights, and seem enjoy making a game of jump to the roost…
and fly back down.
Of course, when you have feathers, it’s important to take care of them, and all of the poults seem to be getting their feather-maintenance routines down.
Preening of course is essential to keeping one’s feathers in shape, and all of the poults spent much more of their time preening this week.
On warm afternoons they’re also seen enjoying a dust bath…
alternated with a little sunbathing.
Late in the day, as all 16 of the poults settle in for the night under Jenny, it’s becoming very apparent that there’s barely enough of Jenny to go around, as you’ll see at the end of this week’s video.
Yet again, we’ve had a persistent bobcat prowling the perimeter of the pen. After being dragged out of bed at dawn on more than one occasion this last week by Jenny’s alarm call, and screeching poults, we’ve now positioned our portable electric fence around the outside of the turkey pen. It makes it somewhat more challenging for us to get in and out of the pen, but now that Bob can’t easily walk right up to the edge of the pen, he seems to finally be keeping his distance.
I wonder what the poults will be up to next Fowl Friday!?