We've had her in a secluded pen forever - we've lost the other 3 I purchased (2 died right away coming home from the breeder, the big tom I adored was killed by a skunk or a coyote in the middle of the night about a month back...not even sure how they got into the enclosure, which even has a top, but they did).
So - I have one female left - she's gimpy because as a chick she decided to "fly the coop" without being able to fly, and jumped out of her brooding pen and twisted a leg and wing. First time I've had turkeys and I'm making a real mess of it.
In any case, this morning when I went to fill her water, I left the gate open and she hopped out for some fresh grass and promptly started following me around on my morning chores. I found it cute and fun so let her be.
Well my shepherd was perturbed that she was out and decided to shepherd her home...only she took off for the blackberry mess at the far end of the property and is now nowhere to be seen.
My husband feels strongly she's gone - wild turkey's obviously are incredibly hard to find and very wily and his opinion is that she'll be the same, gimpy or not.
I'm of the opinion that her instinct will be to return to roost and safety where her food is and coop is. What do you think? Have I lost my girl? Or will she come home?
We have 2.5 acres, the south end where she disappeared just runs to woods if she can find the gaps in the fence. It's mostly fenced, but several large trees are across the fencing and have been since we bought the place last year.
Would love some tips/advice on how to get her home.