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Turkey update
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Stretch    Posted 07-04-2004 at 19:06:27       [Reply]  [No Email]

For those of you who asked. The tom took the baby up to roost on the horse stall tonight. First time off the ground. I swear I don't know how he does it...

KellyGa    Posted 07-05-2004 at 11:50:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thankyou for the wonderful pictures. I absolutely love them. :) So sweet.

MJ in SC    Posted 07-04-2004 at 19:30:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
How cute!! Are Tom's usually that attentive? I'm not familiar with turkeys.

I did read somewhere that you shouldn't house turkeys and chickens together? Any input on that?

How are they protection wise? Maybe I could use one in my coop to help with the snake problem.

Thanks for sharing! Those are wonderful pictures. I'm going to email Mom and Dad the link to the thread. They'll enjoy it.

Stretch    Posted 07-05-2004 at 12:01:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never had a tom do anything but strut around and gobble in the general vicinity of the hen and babies. I'm still in amazement of this.

From what I hear turkeys are prone to a disease, I think it's called blackhead, when housed with chickens. Never been any problem for us, but they aren't confined. They go in to roost at night and stay out all day.

Don't know about the protection thing.

lamadon    Posted 07-04-2004 at 20:33:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
my wife had a turkey that she hand raised and she kept it wit the chickens jus fine. was a bit touchy when she wuz young, but that true eaven with young chikens, the ol girls would peck at her and bloodyed her up once. but then when she growed up into birdzilla that all changed. she wuz a great pet and loved my wife sumpin fearce follered her werever she went and would climb into her lap to get petted and loved when we sat in the back yard chairs. we still miss her, nasty ol dog frum the nebors got her and kilt her 2 years ago. but I fixed him good with rock salt frum a skater gun at close range when he cumed back fer the chickens. he wernt so happy as he left that time, and he never came back after that. but az fer guardin chickens frum slithers dont know fer sure on that, I know birdzilla would eat up any garder slither at she could catch.

Stretch-another view    Posted 07-04-2004 at 19:07:38       [Reply]  [No Email]

Nice balancing act...

And finally...    Posted 07-04-2004 at 19:09:24       [Reply]  [No Email]

The youngun goes out on his own and roosts with some young chicks...

You can see daddy watching over him in the background. OK, you can see part of daddy...

deadcarp    Posted 07-04-2004 at 22:02:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Critters do some amazing things sometimes. It seems there's a "weezer" in every clutch (he's the one always going the wrong way). I once thought i was a pretty fair wildlife photographer - well sure if they're hanging in a tree, draped over a fender or proudly held in somebody's hand! But alive? In their natural habitat? Now THAT takes some patience, a fast lens and lotsa luck.
I've recently been spending maybe an hour every evening on the river dock, hoping to get a picture of 1 particular fish swimmming. Meantime i've seen a wild turkey, eagles, turtles, lotsa other fish, a muskrat and a deer, but not THAT fish again. Oh well i enjoy it.
So your getting these shots was a big triumph, stretch. It probly won't happen again. Course something just as good might. :)

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