Oh great, more little poults. I think we've all lost our minds.
No, but I would say a couple of factors are involved in getting them to stick around. It's partially about how secure the birds feel in their environment. Right now my pair with their babies free range during the day and bring their babies to the back of the house at night. If they feel confined they become extremely anxious and noisy. The other thing is having pairs. An unattached tom or hen can be lured away by the wild flocks.That's right. I did read that the Mallards had to be confined to they didn't take off.
Somehow PJ is getting his birds to stay home. He must be a turkey whisperer now.
I have been remiss today, one of the farm trucks had a brake line failure and I had to replace it, but Melissa took some pics of the tom and hen with their poults. At night, they tend to divide up the chicks and they sleep under the parents wings.Bird brains. If we ever understand them totally we'll be in trouble.