Zoom in and check out the size of the two Toms in the background on the left side and in the middle of the pic. The one in the middle isn't puffed up, but looks like he has a paintbrush beard that is dragging the ground.
That's a healthy sized flock. And about the time of day they are looking for a roosting tree. Actually it's going to take a dozen roosting trees. Did you always have numbers like that, or is your population on an upswing? Remind me again, are you a predator control freak, or you just let nature take it's natural course, or somewhere in between?
Dang it Native...now your just showing off. LOL.
I’m glad you have a steady population. I on the other hand have hit probably the bottom of the curve and hope the up swing is about to start. Last year I had three hens that used my place during the spring and summer and only three poults made it to this year with at least two hens. One hen was always by herself and so far I haven’t gotten a picture of her. Just a few years ago I was covered up like you.
Now that you mention soybeans, have you ever heard of local farmers complaining that turkeys were hard on their newly planted soybeans? I've had huge patches of my fields cleaned bare of new beans right after they emerged?
My experience with planting heavier is that the turkeys clean an entire area rather than random thinning like a deer would do, so planting heavier doesn't fix the big bare patches in the field. Maybe I'll experiment with hand seeding something like brassica into the bare spots.The turkeys and geese are hell on my corn and bean sprouts, pulling them up to get to the seed. It forces me to plant heavier.