They all look great and a handful
On the other hand, our young Ancona rooster who's 2 days older has a full rooster crown, a full cockledoodledoo any time of the day, enjoys having several girlfriends (especially the older ones - a bit of a toy boy!!), looks after each and everyone of them, even protecting them when they get a bit rough between them. The older hens treat him differently, like it doesn't matter if he gets in the coop at the same time as the older hens, but the younger hens and Peckford are shown the back of the queue if they dare going in first....
But I've not seen one example of hens with linger tail feathers....
It's driving me mad!
So... I'll try and get a couple of photos on here and see what you think.... If that's ok...
Last night I had to intervene because as per one of the photos Peckford was stood on the ladder whilst everyone else was tucked away in the caravan (as we call their coop). Peep (one of the original hens, a smooth pekin bantam) who is normally the most maternal one in behaviour was pecking Peckford each time he/she was making a move to go in... Normally Tom the young Ancona rooster is the closest to the door so he acts as a shield between the older and the younger ones... but this time he was being hugged by all 4 older hens, with Peeo closest to the door. Peckford eventually moved in when I put a stick between the two and Peep just turned round and away... I observed for a little while through the peeping hole and Peckford went in the opposite corner, snuggling up to the 2 young Anconas.
This morning though, Peckford and one if the 2 young Ancona hen had a proper fight... Not sure why. But it's like nothing happened and they're best mates again...
I shoukd say that Peep is Tom's favourite as well. And I think she gets jealous when he goes after any other hens...
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Very shiny coat! Absolutely love his colours. To say that we had to rescue him from one particularly aggressive hen the day he hatched. I fed him with a pipette, and was really not sure that he was going to make the night... He's come a long way since. I don't understand why he is being singled out by the older hens still.