Caught some "wild" turkeys last night

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Okie Amazon, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our menagerie has increased by 8. We trapped 4 "wild" turkey poults and their mama last night, then we caught the remaining 3 poults this morning. They are wild, in that they don't belong to anyone, and lots of true wild turkey is in the genetic mix, but there is definitely some domestic; some of the more exotic domestics mixed in. Narragansett (sp), Bourbon, Black, etc. all mixed up. Two of the poults are black, three look like the Narragansett, one looks reddish/spotty and the other just brown, normal looking turkey. Quite the mix! The hen is pretty much classic Eastern wild looking. We have counted as many as 26 on our place in one band and there at least a couple of bands around. Looking forward to seeing what these babies will look like as they grow.

    Here's a couple of [pics I took earlier this spring of a few of the "band"


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    Not sure if these are Royal Palm or Narragansett mutts


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  2. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really like the botton two [​IMG] Very nice looking.
     
  3. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty sure at least two of the babies will look like these. The band is a real mixture of wild and several dometic breeds. I'm not "up" on turkey color varieties, but there are a bunch of them in this group. There is one tom that is red with big white splashes; I hope one of these poults looks like him!
     
  4. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how bout some pics of the poults?
     
  5. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    It's illegal to posess wild turkeys in some states.
     
  6. Oghdoff

    Oghdoff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what has been discribed here these aren't true "wild" turkeys. Rather feral turkeys.
     
  7. C&Rman

    C&Rman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a wild turkey hen running around here, are they hard to catch? I went and chased it with my net I catch my peacocks with, and there were so many snakes I dind't really want to run around where she was [​IMG] There is no tom just her, I dont even know if she is really wild but I have no clue where she came from [​IMG]
     
  8. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks to me like two really nice narragansetts (not mutts of any kind) escaped from somebody and started hanging around with some wilds. Keep the narragansetts as somebody's free gift to you [​IMG] and put the wilds back.
     
  9. Turkeyrangler

    Turkeyrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:IMHO if these turkey's are caught the DNR should give her a metal for taking them out of the wild turkey gene pool. These are not pure wild turkeys.
     
  10. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We really like watching them. They usually range through the western half of our 2 1/2 acres in the early evenings. I think there is a guy that throws out feed for them over on the next block. We usually throw some scratch out there for them. I guess turkeys must eat ticks like guineas do, as well. When we bought our place last year, no one had lived there for 3 yrs and you talk about OVERGROWN! We didn't even know there was a two story barn until we started cutting down elm tree volunteers. Anyway, we had a small army of friends that came to help us do battle with the place with weedeaters, riding mowers and push mowers, and not ONE person got a tick on them.
     

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