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Falling in Love with Turkeys!

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  • Falling in Love with Turkeys!

    No one warned me how dang cute turkey poults are....nor how friendly they are! I have 51 (had 60, lost 9) Bourbon Reds and Midget Whites. They are about a week old now. These are the first I've raised and I'm really enjoying them.

    I can hardly help myself to not play with them. They are for Thanksgiving sales so I know better than to make pets of them...but dang...they are adorable! I love their bold little personalities too. They come right up to you and look you over and peck at your fingers. They will perch on yoru arm and visit. Chicks usually run or stay away. I'm surprised at how different they are from chickens.

    I may end up keeping a couple perhaps for "public relations" or something.

  • #2
    The little baby turkeys are always adorable! I'm afraid of fully grown ones, but my grandmother's used to chase me when I was only about 4 feet tall.

    Why not keep a couple? They would be a nice addition to the farm!

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    • #3
      I agree! We had four little ones that would follow us everywhere we went. If they lost track of where you were they would peep and peep and when they finally sighted you they would run full speed in that wobbly turkey chick way peeping their heads off until they got to you! It was kind of sad how much they would want in the house though... sitting there peering in through the glass doors...
      Tame grown-up turkeys are nice to have around too (not as cute) so I would definitely vote 'yes' to keeping some around for 'public relations'

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      • #4
        Our neighbor had a pet tom turkey that spent ALL! of his time at our house waiting for the kids to come out to play. He'd show up early in the morning and didn't go back home until dinner. He loved to follow after them when they rode their big wheels. He was particularly happy and proud when they would ride circles around him and he could put on his display.

        He also liked to sit down out in the middle of the county road in front and irritated motorists would pull into the drive and yell at us. I finally put a sign out that said that it was not our fricking bird. They are comical and full of personality. I bet those chicks are really adorable.
        Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.

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        • #5
          I have no experience with tame, domesticated turkeys... but we have a group of about 13 wild turkeys that live on the farm. (I googled and apparently a group of turkeys is called a "rafter"? Never heard that...)

          They are so fun to watch, and while they aren't tame, they have become accustom to the people and horses around. And there is no funnier sight than 13 turkeys lined up on a fence, or even better, in a tree!
          Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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          • #6
            Daydream.... I am about to get 20 wild turkey chicks. They are Rio Grandes, and should arrive any day. I am wondering what I have go myself into. I live on a creek that has native wild turkeys, but they are not doing well, and my thought was to let them go wild. But I will have to raise them big enough to learn to sleep in trees and be safe from predators. I have a great chicken coop for that, and they can learn to roost there at night while they are young. If they end up hanging around the house and barn, that's fine, I will keep them fed and watered.

            I am going to put them in a bathtub size container in the house until they are old enough to go into a coop.

            Can you answer some questions? I have been meaning to do some research, but would love your personal experience. How warm do the chicks need to be? Can they eat chick starter? Any other tips for when they are tiny?
            Rest in peace Claudius, we will miss you.

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            • #7
              This guy has been strutting and puffing around my yard for the last month and a half, showing off for the hens.

              http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL147.../396872994.jpg

              They're wild, and I'm encouraging them to stay that way, so that it's harder for the hunters to get them. Besides, I get a kick out of the way that they look like miniature velociraptors when they are running away.
              If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
              Desmond Tutu

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              • #8
                We raised turkeys for a short while when I was a kid. Don't remember what kind they were but they were adorable as chicks. Unfortunately, the male turned mean as a snake and would attack my legs and my mother's legs when he matured. It was very painful and we ended up getting rid of them pretty quickly once that started happening.
                Susan N.

                Don't get confused between my personality & my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.

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                  Originally posted by ToTheNines View Post
                  Daydream.... I am about to get 20 wild turkey chicks. They are Rio Grandes, and should arrive any day. I am wondering what I have go myself into. I live on a creek that has native wild turkeys, but they are not doing well, and my thought was to let them go wild. But I will have to raise them big enough to learn to sleep in trees and be safe from predators. I have a great chicken coop for that, and they can learn to roost there at night while they are young. If they end up hanging around the house and barn, that's fine, I will keep them fed and watered.

                  I am going to put them in a bathtub size container in the house until they are old enough to go into a coop.

                  Can you answer some questions? I have been meaning to do some research, but would love your personal experience. How warm do the chicks need to be? Can they eat chick starter? Any other tips for when they are tiny?
                  Sounds like you will have your hands full.

                  Yes, you will need a brooder lamp. You should keep them at least 90F the first few days and you can decrease it by one degree a day. Better yet, just watch how they look..all huddled together and they are too cold, running around, they are fine.

                  Turkey babies need Game Bird Starter feed. Also plan to keep them in the brooder or safely contained until they are 7-8 weeks old. It takes them longer than chicks.

                  Glad to hear there are so many other turkey lovers on here. They are charming little birds. I think I will have to keep a pair for ambiance around the farm!

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                  • #10
                    Aren't they a hoot?! I've got my first (small) batch of poults also - mine are... ohh... maybe a month old now? They are just too funny - wait 'till yours grow wings and start to fly
                    -Jessica

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Louise View Post

                      They're wild, and I'm encouraging them to stay that way, so that it's harder for the hunters to get them. Besides, I get a kick out of the way that they look like miniature velociraptors when they are running away.
                      You are not doing them any favors if your intent is for their numbers to increase.

                      The reason there is a spring gobbler season is only to increase populations. The older a Tom is, the less fertile he is. He will have a lot of hens and a few young. When an old or older Tom is taken (if you can hit him), younger more virile Toms move in and break up the hens into smaller harems. Then they make babies.

                      The result is that the population increases dramatically.

                      Domesticated Turkey make be dumb as a box of rocks, but Wild Turkey are incredibly difficult to hunt, and they are too crafty to be tamed.

                      Anyway, I just wanted to dispel the stereotype of the big bad hunter. Hunters are not responsible for low numbers of Wild Turkey. Habitat fragmentation, lack of mast species, and bad public policy is. As is misinformation about hunting as a wildlife management tool.

                      Right now I've got 40 chicks in a brooder and I'd love to raise a few turkey... But I haven't figured how to set things up to avoid Blackhead. Anyone have any suggestions?
                      Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                      Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                      -Rudyard Kipling

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                        Right now I've got 40 chicks in a brooder and I'd love to raise a few turkey... But I haven't figured how to set things up to avoid Blackhead. Anyone have any suggestions?
                        I asked the breeder I got mine from, and he said as long as they aren't all locked up together (ranging), they should be fine... I'm still early in the process, so I don't know if this is true or not.


                        I have a good friend who is a Registered Maine Guide who has been out hunting turkeys quite a bit this spring - he had the most he's ever heard called in and gobbling like crazy last week, until the first Tom stepped out into the clearing...looked up towards the road, saw Joe's truck, and promptly went back into the woods... at which point every Tom that had been gobbling went silent, and Joe had to call it quits for the day He did get one later on in the week, but I loved the story. Even he got a chuckle out of it. Smartest dumb birds around!
                        -Jessica

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                        • #13
                          For anyone who's interested, the National Wild Turkey Federation is a good source of information on conservation, habitat enhancement, -- and recipes.
                          The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
                          Winston Churchill

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                          • #14
                            AppJumper - that's my problem, I think. My chicken free range.

                            I've got to think on it a while longer and maybe plan better for next year.

                            DB - did you get yours from McMurray or Strombergs?
                            Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                            Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                            -Rudyard Kipling

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                              AppJumper - that's my problem, I think. My chicken free range.

                              I've got to think on it a while longer and maybe plan better for next year.

                              DB - did you get yours from McMurray or Strombergs?

                              He said as long as they *are* free ranging and not locked in a coop together, they should be ok. Sorry, I worded it oddly
                              -Jessica

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                              • #16
                                The babies are adorable but they always pecked at ms when they got older.

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                                • #17
                                  Do they eat lots of bugs?
                                  Tranquility Farm - Proud breeder of Born in the USA Sport Horses, and Cob-sized Warmbloods
                                  Now apparently completely invisible!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Daydream Believer View Post
                                    No one warned me how dang cute turkey poults are....nor how friendly they are!
                                    Just wait until you have a Tom fall in love with you I had a bronze Tom follow me all over the darn farm where I used to live, would flush red, get all puffed up, fan his tail, and strut everywhere I went. It was slightly embarrassing, but it was humorous when he would chase off my ex-husband
                                    If wishes were horses then beggars would ride...
                                    DLA: Draft Lovers Anonymous
                                    Originally posted by talkofthetown
                                    As in, the majikal butterfly-fahting gypsy vanners.

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by JSwan View Post
                                      AppJumper - that's my problem, I think. My chicken free range.

                                      I've got to think on it a while longer and maybe plan better for next year.

                                      DB - did you get yours from McMurray or Strombergs?
                                      Got mine from McMurray Hatchery. They have a nice guarantee and covered the nine I lost in the first few days.

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by HydroPHILE View Post
                                        Just wait until you have a Tom fall in love with you I had a bronze Tom follow me all over the darn farm where I used to live, would flush red, get all puffed up, fan his tail, and strut everywhere I went. It was slightly embarrassing, but it was humorous when he would chase off my ex-husband
                                        Too funny!

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