Angi, come to speak of it, I had noticed that sometimes the females would do this funny sideways head thing and then the male would be attracted to them ;) :) and give them some attention. It was interesting.
One of the things (actually really more interesting that watching the bees) that I find fascinating, is the antics of the chickenyard critters. There is never a dull moment, always something going on. I can spend alot of time sitting on my milk carton, watching them, I really need to get a more comfortable apparatus out there for sitting, really, don't know why I haven't, just a little procrastination I guess.
The Indian Runners and Roeuns were my pride and joy. I loved them to pieces, I just wish that they would have become friendly, like the beautiful Muscoveys who love to visit with you. These other two species just didn't want any human contact and would always go away, really fast. I have so much to learn about chicken yard critters. I didn't realize that Runners came in different colours than black, so much to learn. I think that I would love to have some different ones, other than black too. (Maybe I will have to increase the size of the yards, I have 5 acres, so space is not an issue). We have movable fences that we change the shape of the yards every now and then, and then if we want them larger, we just add more wire and posts.
I have a picture of these that I will show you. We will get more this spring too, I like them, and I love the quacking noises that the females do, it sounds like a funny laugh that I remember from a cartoon show as a child.
The Indian Runner male crossed with the Rouens as well, which made some pretty looking progeny.
In this picture you will see the male and female Runner on the left, the group of older babies in the centre and the two female Rouens on the far right. This was a beautiful flock of birds. But we will have them again, that is one of my biggest quests of chickenyard replacement birds, yea!!!!! Beautiful day, love our life we live. Cindi