This is my first Posting, BTW... Last week, I had a crazy thing happen. I live in the country, and while I was driving on the highway, I saw a pure white baby turkey abandoned in the ditch. No houses around that might claim him. So I stopped and I told myself, that if he ran, I'd leave him be. But instead, he saw me and came running right up to me and let me pick him up! So, I drove with him on my lap and went to the feed store to get him some food and we came home and set up a temporary chicken wire fence under my back deck. I've had him for a week now. He is getting bigger- more of his feathers are coming in and he's starting to try to fly a bit. He's all alone. I've been thinking about getting chickens for a couple of years now, anyway- but I have no coop. And the plans I have for a coop will take me a few months, I'm sure to build it. I didn't want to buy chicks until I was prepared. The kids want to keep the turkey, since he follows us and is really sweet... but does he need a friend? Could I buy him a couple of chicks? He chirps loud and unhappily when we go back inside. The problem- I don't want to buy another chick unless I have to, since I'm really not prepared right now. I do have a large barn and horses.. worst case, I could put him in one of my unused stalls with another chick?? Ideas? Does he really need a friend, or can he be an "only"? The horse stall idea worries me because I have seen an owl go in there hunting mice. I'm totally new to this! Here is his picture, for some reason, I can't post one in here. I feel sooooo unprepared, but I want him to stay safe and healthy. http://flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/432E46 okay- maybe this link for the picture of him will work.