Do the wild turkeys that have been hand fed tame down like domestic fowl? I don't handle them since they have been eating on their own.This is my first wild turkeys I have had. I want to keep them wild so I can turn them loose this spring.
taming wild turkeys
A Wild hen clues her poults about where and what to forage and when and what to run from/avoid. This "learning" is pretty much set in stone by a month of age. Imprinting on humans and/or being provided for by humans during that time (and past that time) pretty much makes them sitting ducks when "released", i.e., "domestics".
Something else to take into account is your State laws regarding holding/maintaining "Wilds" in captivity.,
If these are Domestic Easterns, purchased legally, then allowing those to "go free" is also releasing sitting ducks into predatorville.
These chicks were not much older than 2 days, 3 at tops. We have alot of coyotes in the woods surrounding our house. We heard them kill something the night I found the first chick around sundown. The next day I found the other chick that ran out of the woods by out back yard.I never heard or saw anymore. We are going to find a nature center where they came be safe and people can see them.There are several state parks with nature centers in the state we live in.