I miss my Tom, sniff sniff (RIP)

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Parrotchick, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Parrotchick

    Parrotchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2009
    Boonsboro MD
    I really miss my sweet Tom, always appearing next to me, gobbling when I gobbled to him or when he heard a loud noise. Everyone loved Tom. People coming down my road would stop to see him. If nobody was in the yard, he would stand by my door or go to the fence where people were. He was pettable and huggable-kids adored him and he liked the attention. He was easy going, downright laconic-nothing rattled him except the blue towel when I tried to swath him to give him medicine. He didn't walk forward, he tacked. At night, he waited until I was safely in the pen before he would slowly zig zag in. If he was too slow, I would pick him up and put him in and he would squeak and cry. Such a Big Baby. I loved to see him strut, which was most of the time, and I would tell him he looked like a satellite dish. He would flirt with me and his face would change colors when I told him what a beautiful bird he was.

    I adopted Tom just before Thanksgiving, when 3 of his hens jumped in/on my truck and he happened to be standing nearby. I got him from a petting farm and he was probably about 7 months old then, when this picture was taken, with his stubby little beard. It grew to about 4 inches and I kept it as a souvenir. I am going to make a piece of jewelry from it.

    I found Tom face down Tuesday morning in what I thought was a safe pen, the victim of a mink or weasel. His beautiful head was mangled to say the least. I can only hope it was quick. I have been literally sick with sadness since and can barely eat. I had just spent the entire day before straightening up all around the pens trying to make them cleaner, safer, etc. I had rolls of mangled chicken wire laying behind the pen, that I put away that may have kept predators away. I had been trying to deal with rats. I also used the tin roofing laying back there on the ground to put a roof over the area where the turkeys slept so they would stay dry, and fixed their roosting table to be easier to clean. I can't help but think my efforts to make things better actually made it worse. My poor Tom, I let him down. But I have been laboring the past two days to re-do the Shanty town to make it safer. I'm setting traps but haven't caught the suspect yet-when I do there will be no mercy.


    Poor Tom. I miss my gobbling satellite dish so much. I still have many wonderul birds and lots of life and noise in the yard, but there is a huge void. My friend put some of the eggs he fathered in her incubator, so hopefully I will get a Tom Junior who is just as wonderful.
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    OH MY! I am so sorry for your loss! He was a beautiful turkey. I hope you get a Tom junior! That would be great! Don't be too hard on yourself. These things do happen......[​IMG]

    I just bought my first two turkey poults on May 20. They're really growing, and I don't know who's a tom or a hen yet........Very enjoyable to watch their antics! Funny birds.....One Royal Palm and one Blue Slate.

    Bless you and feel better soon!

  3. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    I am sooooooooooooooo sorry. Tom is/was so beautiful, and so loved. My heart would be just as broken - it feels awful just reading this. He wa staken way too young....
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  4. ChickenCrazy01

    ChickenCrazy01 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 15, 2011
    I am so sorry about Tom. He was a very beautiful bird.
  5. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Easley, SC
    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. Your tribute to Tom was wonderful to read and he was a beautiful bird. ((((HUGS))))
  6. CajunWildTurkey

    CajunWildTurkey Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 6, 2011
    I agree with everyone, so sorry for your lost, Your Tom was a very beautiful bird.
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    So very sorry for your loss. [​IMG] Your tom was a very handsome boy. You gave him a great, loving home. Don't beat yourself up about it. He was loved. [​IMG]
  8. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2010
    How sad! What a gorgeous Tom...sorry for your loss [​IMG]
  9. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 21, 2011
    He was beautiful. What a wonderful tribute to him. I got 3 Royal Palm poults a week ago as new hatchlings. I was prepared for every thing except falling so in love with them, they fascinate me. One in particular. I've had so many animals in my life and it's so hard to lose them. Your story convinced me to go with hardware cloth instead of the welded wire I had been going to use for my turkey run. Such a sad way to lose him :-(

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