Great Turkey Taming Trick

trailchick

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Jun 19, 2011
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Santa Fe Trail - SE Colorado
I have one turkey that I hatched early in the summer. Lost all the other mates from what I think was a bull snake.
Caught the snake and hauled him 2 miles down the road - didnt want to kill it because they do kill the abundant prairie rattlers we have here.
We also have a big grasshopper problem this year & I am not ready to let this guy (I think its a tom) out yet to free range until I get more of his kind to be with him. I started catching grasshoppers in the garden, then take them one at a time, to the fence of the pen, call out "Here, Turkey!", plop the grasshopper into the pen! It took about 3 grasshoppers for him to figure this trick out! After a good dozen he is waiting at the fence & watching for me & the grasshoppers to come! IT is such a hoot! Wish I could jsut let him out into the garden, but worry about him flyin off (dont think he is a meat turkey).
Anyway it is an idea for those who want to get their bird a little more friendly, if you arent afraid of catching a few hoppers. My chickens & peas dont go after them like this guy does!
 

zzGypsy

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8 Years
Aug 8, 2011
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fun story!
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Barry

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11 Years
Nov 29, 2008
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Welland, Ontario,Canada
The grasshoppers around here avoid the turkey pen. I can not chase them in that direction and the ones that i catch fly away as soon as they are dropped in the pen.
You are very good at catching grasshoppers, it took me forever to catch the 1st one using a net.
 

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