The Best Turkey Ever! RIP

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chickenpea, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. chickenpea

    chickenpea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I lost the sweetest turkey ever. He was a royal palm gobbler. They were dumped on the side of the road and a lady called me to come get him and the others. I found homes for the wild and bourbons and kept the 3 rps Well the 2 hens snuck off to nest in the spring and were killed.1 killed 1 disappeared. So the lonely gobbler started following me. I named him R.P. which actually stands for Royal Pain. Well summer came and my poor gobbler adopted a muscovey egg and WENT BROODY! I took the egg but he got another one and proceeded to set. He set all day and night. One day as I was doing dishes I heard a peeping.I didnt have any broodies so I went out to look -nothing. Well sometimes the mockingbird imitates baby chicks. So back inside. peep peep peep back out for a closer look. Well there is R.P. walking around while a terrified baby duck ran away from him! I dont know who was more surprised;the turkey,the duck or me. As luck would have it the muscovies hatched a day later and he bonded with them. The duck and the turkey. wherever the duck flock went R.P. was right there guarding his peeps. Cause now they were ALL his peeps. He hung out with the flock all summer and winter even ignoring the turkeys I hatched from his mates eggs. This spring he had started being male again and I hoped to get some babies. but the fox came. I do not even know how old he was or where he came from but I really miss him greeting my car and following me around the yard. My 1 hen turkey thats left is not so friendly. (and she is sitting on duck eggs)
     
  2. lcourtaway

    lcourtaway Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved R.P. He sounds like he was an incredible guy and it seems like fate that he came into your life that way. I feel certain that he is in turkey heaven right now eating bugs and following ducks.
    I am getting my very first poult in 6 days. I have raised and currently have some backyard chickens from peeps but have never raised a turkey. It will be a day old blue slate turkey. I live in St. Louis County in the suburbs and have neighbors on either side of me but a good size yard and a beautiful coop for the chickens and turkey. All my guys are just for pets although the eggs are a nice benefit. Hearing your story of R.P. just reinforces my feeling that this will be a really neat experience and I can't wait to cuddle the little bugger.
    Thank you for sharing.
     
  3. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    awh that was a great boy! I am so sorry you lost him! [​IMG]
     
  4. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

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