Seen a hen last week in pine mountain with a nice hatch , at least 10 , seen 2 hens together today that had around 10 between them , the chicks were 2 different sizes , some of them only looked a couple weeks old !
Not that I ever thought that they all nested at precisely the same time, but the degree to which the clutches are spaced and scattered in time is somewhat surprising to me. At least some of them are probably the result of re-nesting after losing an earlier nest.
Don’t feel bad, I see a hen every day by herself. I believe there are some hens that don’t breed for whatever reason. She’s in the same area every year and I’ve yet to see her with poults. It’s not a lack of food, cover, critters, or gobblers either. I think her only job in life is to lead Gobblers away from me!!!
Going along with what I posted the other day about some hens just don’t lay.
Watched 4 Gobblers (one sho’nuff STUD) and a hen this evening. Seen them a couple other times this Summer. Got a closer view this evening.
That’s 4 Gobblers and 5 jakes I’ve seen after season. Hopefully they’ll survive and we’ll have a good season next year as well.
Conditions were sure right for a good hatch and good early poult survival. Less rain than last year but enough for insect hatches. If it proves to be so, even with last year`s heavy rains, that would be two back to back good hatch years, I believe. I`m pretty sure last year was considered "good" by the biologists.
All you have to do is get on here next Spring and talk about how you have no turkeys and they need to close the seasons or either allow in one turkey per hunter every decade and POOF everyone kills birds and has poults that very Spring!!
Went to pull my cam card and saw 1 hen and 5 poults
Then as I started driving home I saw what looked like 30 + poults with several adult birds. The same field was a group of Toms...about 8 maybe more. Paulding/Polk County Line