Facts About the Turkey—An All-American Bird!
I raised some heritage turkeys this year and fell in love. They are so curious and used to follow me everywhere. When I met some broad breasted whites (standard domestic turkeys), I found that they spoke a completely different language than my Tom’s. I couldn’t understand a word they said! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Wild turkeys fly. Poults can fly at a very early age, which is why they survive. Domestic turkeys get too heavy to fly.
We have so many Turkeys around here that they out number us humans at times. Imagine waking up and having 25-50 Turkeys in your front yard, by the door; or driving so slow because the Turkeys will not move out of the road. Unfortunately, we also have people who drive too fast, but the Turkeys are not phased.
The majority are wild with the exception of folks who raise them for food. I wish our area would adopt turkey crossing signs in the busy areas...like where they graze for food and water. Most people marvel at the wild cats that live in the area, but my favourite neighbour by far is our Turkey folks!
I admit it. I love wild turkeys and I feed them enough corn to be sure they have a little bit of extra energy for our horrible Quebec winters! Especially if there is a layer of ice! They are in trouble in that case and really need help. I have seen them treed for 3 days, waiting for it to be safe to manoeuvre on the ground. Contrary to this article, they are quite easy targets … the reason they were virtually wiped out! Quebec has stupidly opened up both spring and fall hunting. We shall see what happens. This year then local flock managed to produce a dozen chicks between 2 hens. Wonderful mothers!
The article states,
"How Much Turkey Does a Person Eat per Year?
The average person in the United States will eat 15 pounds of turkey this year."
Okay, that is on Thanksgiving day! What about for the entire year? :-D
The other day I heard someone/thing knocking/pecking at the door...I opened the door and a wild turkey hen was standing on my door mat! She was gathering moths and other bugs at my threshold...but I want to believe that she was letting me know that my bird feeder was empty.