Hello all you wonderful people,
I know I need to make a newbie introduction but I wanted to post this first.
I have always wanted turkeys and now have four 3-month-old Bourbon Reds (also a newbie to chickens). I have read a little of the forums and was aware that turkeys can be very social towards humans, and I understand these little guys are just past the baby stage, but they are frequently crying and letting out LOUD distress calls whenever I get out of eyesight to the point of their voices getting hoarse. It takes them a good hour to stop racing back and forth in their pen, calm down and then start foraging a little bit. Even then, oftentimes they'll start up again a couple hours later. They get SO upset and I can hear them clear across the property. I suppose I need to learn more about their natural instincts but I figured in the wild they'd be quiet so as not to attract predators when the adults go to find food.
Their pen is about 50 feet by 25 feet with tall grass, sand, bugs, and small fruit trees so they do have a nice environment to play in and feel secure. I let them out when I'm in the yard for hours at a time and they are just SO happy then of course. I love their sweet little chirps. But as soon as I'm out of sight in the house they freak out.
How much longer will they be in this stage?
I'm about to make a life-sized cardboard cutout of myself like Marilyn did in Northern Exposure with her emu birds.