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Turkey Tracks: Winter Turkeys

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Turkey Tracks:  December 30, 2013

Winter Turkeys

Turkeys are very present in my yard in the winter.

They’ve always been drawn to the tall pines to roost.   But, with the coming of the chickens, they started wintering with us.  They wait patiently until I discard chicken bedding under the pines alongside the creek.  Chickens “bill out” a lot of food into the bedding.  And, then, there is the matter of the chicken droppings–which are filled with protein and good bacteria.  It’s a fact that most city-dwellers don’t know, but most animals, including man, will eat the feces of other animals.  There are, of course, health claims made by men eating cow dung a few times a year…

And with weather like we’ve had recently, I often throw them some sunflower seeds or a bit of chicken scratch feed (corn, barley, etc.).

This band of turkeys is mixed male and female.  Altogether there are between 25 and 30.  It’s hard to count as they are always moving in and among the trees and up and down the hillside.

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I was able to get the video below of the turkeys after some days of them seeing me up close frequently.  It’s not the clearest video I took, but it shows a large male starting to display his gorgeous self.  He went on to strut around the snow yard for some 20 minutes or so.

I talk to the turkeys as much as I talk to the chickens in the winter.  Often, they answer.

Written by louisaenright

December 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm

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  1. What a pleasant sight to wake up to on this bright winter day. It’s too cold to be outside, so you’ve brought it in with this delightful photo and story about your turkeys – and they are YOUR turkeys now whether they (or you) know it. Thanks, Louisa.

    Roxanne Wells

    January 1, 2014 at 8:59 am

    • OH yes! They are my turkeys for sure. They have been for several years now. In the winter, anyway. They scatter the rest of the year as the hens have babies to raise. Will get the video straightened out tomorrow.

      louisaenright

      January 1, 2014 at 10:11 am


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