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Wooo Hoooo! I Got Turkeys Today!! Pictures On Last Post!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by NC29mom, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. NC29mom

    NC29mom Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Scotland Neck, NC
    I am soooooo excited!! [​IMG] After months of talking about getting turkeys, it looks as if my wish is coming TRUE!!!!

    My hubby has been clearing some land behind our house. He tells me today, "Honey, I am clearing this land for you. I am going to build you a huge coop and fence in a free range area just for you. You can fill it with whatever you want" TURKEYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT TURKEYS!!!!!!!!! Hot diggity dog!

    Woo hoo, woo hoo, woo hoo, woo hoo, I'm going to be a member of your secret turkey club!! [​IMG][​IMG]

    I just can't wait!! I have to decide, royal palm or?????????

    Are turkey toms really mean? Somebody once told me they will flog you with their wings, try to spur you, etc. All of our roosters have been very sweet, NEVER had a bad one. Hope this isn't gonna be a bad experience with the turkeys!

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    Last edited: Aug 13, 2010

  2. SED

    SED Songster

    Aug 4, 2009
    North West Alabama
    From what I am told, Royal Palms may be the most aggressive. My Chocolate Turkey has been the sweetest so far.
  3. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Royal Palms are some of the least aggressive. All of mine are super sweet. Congrats on getting what you want. My question to you is, what does he want?[​IMG]
  4. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Songster

    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    Good for you! I am excited for you [​IMG]

    I talked about getting turkeys for a long time, and was thrilled when I finally bought some. Glad your taking your first step to poultry Nirvana!!!

    People seem to have different experiences with different breeds. For me, the bronzes and Narragansetts have been the most friendly, especially the hens, while the palms and Midget whites have been the shiest. (how do you spell most shy?). The bourbon reds are sort of indifferent. Others have shared that the palms and midget whites are the most friendly. Just last night I had a bourbon red and a royal palm try to roost on my shoulder, so friendly is a relative term. Overall, they have all been much friendlier than any chickens we've raised.

    So I would pick out a color or two that you like, and start with them. Royal Palms toms may be the most striking, but I really like natural looking birds like bronzes and Narragansetts. But you should decide what colors you like and start there.

    Have fun and let us know what you get!!! [​IMG]
  5. Hey neighbor..... sort of. We are near Washington, NC about an hour away maybe?

    If you want to make road trip you can see them in person, we just happen to be "sitting on" a few turkeys.

    Everybody loves a turkey
  6. aussieheelr

    aussieheelr Songster

    we have some 2 month old BR and RPs and they're about even so far. Although the BR hen sure loves DH... I keep telling him he won't enjoy her on his shoulder when shes all grown up but he won't listen. Maybe I'll have some good pictures in December? [​IMG]
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I have always had Bourbon Reds. They are VERY friendly. Not flighty at all. I have NEVER had a problem with them.

    Here are pics of them at 2 months old.


    Last edited: Aug 13, 2010

  8. NC29mom

    NC29mom Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Scotland Neck, NC
    OMGosh! Guess what?? So, I took my daughter back to school shopping today in the big city (Raliegh, NC). I told her I needed to stop by Tractor Supply and get some chick feed, if we happened to pass one in Raleigh. Well, on the way through Knightendale, we just happened to see one! All stuck back, on the other side of the 8 lane road. SO, we stopped to get the feed.

    As soon as I walked in the door, I saw those big beautiful tin buckets that they put their chicks for sale in. AND THEN I SAW "TURKEYS" I couldn't believe it~! Everywhere online is already sold out. So I called my hubby and asked how he felt about me getting some? He was like, "Do whatever makes you happy". Well, the men in TS weren't very helpful or knowledgable about these turkeys. At first they told me they were "Eastern Turkeys". Then after I asked a few questions about the "eastern" all of a sudden they were bronze. SO, WHO KNOWS! I LEFT WITH 6!!! WOOO HOOOOO HOOOO~

    Anyway, here's their temporary housing, hubby outside now working like a little doggie getting my coop ready.

    By any chance, does anybody know for sure what these are??

    They have won my heart ALREADY!


    close up on one






    yours are beautiful!!! They sure are big at ONLY 2months! You've got a plently I see! I only got 6! (though I secretly wanted more!)
  9. PatS

    PatS Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Northern Califonia
    They are BEAUTIFUL!!! Do keep them warm (probably not a problem where you are) and show them several times a day where the food and water are. (I tapped the food dish and the water with a pencil until the birds ate and drank.) It takes a few days for all that to kind of get imprinted.

    They are wonderful birds, so much fun. I know you'll enjoy them.
  10. gotturkey

    gotturkey Hatching

    Apr 9, 2010
    it just depends on the particular turkey. my toms
    ( spsnish black & bourbon red) are just fine, its
    my hens that get nasty (to strangers not me).
    spend time with them and you'll be fine.

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