Sunday, November 25, 2012

The smartness of turkeys

So, we've discovered a few turkey eggs, our first ever! That means our turkey ladies have reached reproductive age. We are hoping to hatch our own turkey-lets (turklettes?) in our incubator as we strive to be ever more self-sufficient. Ideally we won't ever have to purchase baby turkeys from a hatchery again. However, there is some question as to whether the eggs are fertile and will actually hatch.

The males prance and strut around with their feathers poofed way out all day long. They circle and circle the females and each other, apparently trying to be the largest, poofiest, manliest turkey on the block. You would think that at some point they would stop circling and displaying their awesomeness and just get busy hopping on a female. But we've yet to see any of the males attempt to mate with a female. This is what we have see them enthusiastically mating with:

My boots.
The body of a guinea fowl that we had found dead a few days before.
The decapitated head of the turkey we butchered for Thanksgiving.

No kidding. The lady turkeys around here seem perfectly easy on the eyes to me. Why oh why do our males prefer dirty rubber boots and decomposing heads? I have, of course, had to tease my husband about purchasing mentally challenged turkeys from the hatchery. I DO hope they finally hop on top of the correct creature so that those lovely turkey eggs become fertile. Perhaps if we carefully hide all the dead things, and pieces of dead things, and I bring my old boots inside, they will settle for a turkey lady.









Ahh, we sure get a lot of hearty laughs around this goofy place.





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9 comments:

  1. Good luck incubating..it would be so wonderful:) I love watching littles hatch from their eggs. Your turkeys are beautiful!

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  2. I love that last photo! So cute. Crazy that they will mate with dead animals and rubber boots! Guess they're desperate.

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  3. Here in australia we call baby turkeys poults . THey can be hard to raise ...more delicate than chickens ...good luck ...tell the chooks to watch out next ......
    melissa

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  4. haha, That is funny! I have wondered about getting some turkeys, but I've also heard they are tougher to keep than chickens. Also they are so much more expensive than chickens. Good luck with your incubating!

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  5. LOL....I suppose there is a level of maturity necessary to appreciate a good female :)

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  6. They sure are pretty birds! We have had terrible luck with turkeys here, but are going to try again in the Spring.

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  7. Hilarious! Thanks for the smile, those turkeys are beautiful!

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  8. Melissa, they are called poults here as well, I was just being silly. You're right about them being delicate!

    We ordered our turkey poults from a hatchery as day olds. They dropped dead left and right! It was SOO frustrating, partially because, as Jamie says, they are a lot more expensive than chicks. However, they are super simple to care for now.

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  9. Your photos are wonderful! Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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