Do Turkeys Play?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by 2pinkmom, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. 2pinkmom

    2pinkmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 three month old BB toms that are living in an empty horse stall. The stall has a couple pieces of blue bailing twine hanging down that were holding horse water buckets. I've noticed the turkeys grabbing the strands of twine and pulling on them like they're the ribbons on a May Pole. They do it over and over again, with great gusto. Watching them got me to thinking. I know turkeys are stereotyped as being pretty dim bulbs, so maybe they're just mistaking the twine for food over and over again. But they sure do look like they might be doing this as a game. Has anyone ever noticed their turkeys playing, LOL?
     
  2. ChickyChickyBaby

    ChickyChickyBaby Barefoot Bantams

    Quote:I would almost swear my two play hide & go seek sometimes! [​IMG]
     
  3. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would imagine the twine would be a food/boredom thing, but they do play, they will chase and fly and jump around each other like they are playing tag or something, or at least mine do, not all the time but usually after breakfast.
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Oh yes they do play!!! Mine play all the time. Sometimes their games are mischievous at the expense of others but yes, I do believe that they play.
     
  5. chichick

    chichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would almost swear my two play hide & go seek sometimes! [​IMG]

    X2
     
  6. rfwombat

    rfwombat Out Of The Brooder

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    Whenever we empty a bag of shavings I twist it up longwise and tie it into a ball. They pick it up in their beaks and toss it and kick it all over the yard. It's hilarious to watch! And then my dominate Tom, Boris, will masturbate on it. [​IMG] That usually means play time is over.
     
  7. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a way to say game over!!

    Wild turkeys play, why not barnyard ones?
     
  8. BasicallyHeather

    BasicallyHeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Just when I think I've heard it all...!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine chase frisbees. I haven't got any to bring it back yet, though!
     
  10. Faith Hope

    Faith Hope Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is funny! We have turkeys that I swear are using a lounge chair as a see-saw. They jump up on one end and walk along it until it dumps them out. They do this almost nightly -- it looks like play to me!
     

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