Turkeys Are So Much Nicer Than Chickens

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Oregon Blues, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    I ordered 6 well started poults and when I went to pick them up, one had been injured and was no longer available. The seller talked me into taking a little baby poult so that I still went home with 6 poults. Seriously, I expected her to be dead, pecked to death before I got home (3 1/2 hour car ride with poults in a dog crate).

    Nope. She was just fine. Then in the brooder, I didn't expect her to survive. But no problem. The others just sucked her right into the flock and made her a flock member.

    The 5 big half grown turkeys went outside and the baby was too little to be out of the brooder, so she stayed in. When she went outside, she could walk between the biggest turkey's legs. She'd been away from them for a month. No problem. She was just added to the flock, just like she was family.

    If I tried to add a baby chick to a flock of chickens like that, the chick would be dead. The largest bird is already showing he is a tom and he is the leader and protector of all the babies. They all follow him, but there has been no bullying or threatening of the smaller birds. I'm anxious to let them all out into the orchard during the day, but the tiny one is still small enough for the crows to kill. I don't know for sure that the half grown tom is old enough to protect her.

    There is a pair of slightly older turkeys and the older tom spends a lot of time working on his display skills, but I think that even he is too young to take on a flock of crows. So maybe I will wait for the bitty little baby to get bigger before I let them out. Now I have to worry about the 2 different half grown toms having a difference of opinion about who is the boss when I finally get the smaller guys out.
  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Awwwwwwww, that's so sweet.
  3. tracylo09

    tracylo09 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2012
    I have a pair of bourbon red turkeys they are around 6 months old, I absolutely love them. this is the first time I have had turkeys. I am hoping to add another two hens to them in the springtime. I am hoping for a smooth integration although I have a feeling there may be a few squabbles just like chickens.
  4. mkcolls

    mkcolls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2011
    We have found our turkeys to be our favorite feathered friends. Our oldest male is a great guard bird, coming to the back door with constant gobbling when we are needed. He is protective of the other birds and of us. Enjoy your turkeys. They are a great addition to a backyard flock.
  5. frank53061

    frank53061 Chillin' With My Peeps

    And for that reason it so much harder to Dispatch the Turkeys over Dispatching a Chicken in my case they are there for food not for Lawn ornaments [​IMG]
  6. TamTurkey

    TamTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2012
    I totally agree. I have never been attached to a chicken. But now I see how people keep Turkeys as pets. They have such wonderful personalities. I will be having a tough time when it comes processing time.
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hope you guys are right - I plan on getting my first turkeys this spring!
  8. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2012
    Tickfaw, Louisiana
    You will love Turkeys!!!!!!! They are the friendliest, nosiest, most inquisiest, curious birds I ever had!!! And they are very smart too !!! LOL [​IMG]
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Oh, I agree with Celie! Their eyes are so much more human than my other poultry. I like how I can SEE them think things through...
  10. ProfTi

    ProfTi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    Turkeys are terribly addictive and lovable. My Royal Palm is called Rover. She follows me everyone. She even learned to fetch tomatoes by watching my dogs play in the yard.

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