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Turkey on the canopy
« on: September 11, 2017, 12:31:43 PM »
I don't know if this should fall under the Livestock Forum or not.

Cheep Cheep the not so wild, wild turkey has been in our bigger chicken pen for the last week and seemed content to stay there since there are fewer chickens and they don't put any pressure on her.  That is until last night. I was taking the house dogs out this morning and heard something overhead on the pop up canopy.  I thought some might enjoy a an unusual picture.

We are hoping that she lives long enough to go back into the wild but she keeps flying into the paddock where our guard dogs live with the sheep and they are likely to have her for a snack if they can catch her.

« Last Edit: September 12, 2017, 07:38:41 AM by MikeM »
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Re: Turkey on the canapy
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2017, 12:40:56 PM »
I don't think Cheep Cheep has any intentions of leaving!
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Re: Turkey on the canapy
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2017, 01:28:28 PM »
Mike you are taming the rams, the sheep, the dogs, and now the birds.

Amazing

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Re: Turkey on the canapy
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2017, 02:53:34 PM »
I've had a couple of people caution me about our ram but I've also had people raising sheep for years that were hands on like I am that have never had issues.  I've also had people say to put a Livestock Guardian Dog out with the animals and never touch them.  Personally I think they are missing what really makes having animals enjoyable.  Our guard dog loves her sheep but she will come get her loving as long as we are in the fields.

We can't open the front screen door too wide because the turkey has came into the house.

She is a sweetie but having a turkey running free has the same issue as having geese running around (the mess they leave behind.)   ;) ;)
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Re: Turkey on the canapy
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2017, 05:13:46 PM »
Did not know a wild turkey would ever feel "at home" near a home!!! Amazing to me.

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Re: Turkey on the canapy
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2017, 06:18:31 PM »
I doubt that one born and raised by a turkey could easily be tamed but this one was hatched by us and we are the only 'parents' it has known.  I'll post a picture of her when she was just two days old.  She thought sitting under my chin was the way all turkeys were supposed to do it.   :)

I didn't post much about her when we hatched her because at the time I didn't know the laws about "rescue" critters but it turned out there is no turkey rescue in Tennessee and the agent said you can either try to raise her or let her go and she will die.

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Re: Turkey on the canapy
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2017, 06:34:20 PM »
Oh, what a cute picture!!  Seems like you have raised a devoted pet!

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Re: Turkey on the canapy
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2017, 07:26:57 AM »
They are so cute when they are little.
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Re: Turkey on the canopy
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2017, 06:27:12 PM »
MikeM, what a nice Pic! I don't think she'll be leaving either.

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Re: Turkey on the canopy
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2017, 07:22:49 PM »
I would still bet that a big ol tom will catch her eye an once he has her he will keep her close. 
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Re: Turkey on the canopy
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2017, 07:37:51 PM »
That is what we are hoping for Bill.
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Re: Turkey on the canopy
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2017, 07:52:12 PM »
Cheep Cheep will follow Teresa around like a puppy dog.  If she wants feed she will run to catch up to her and gently peck her leg.  I had always heard that wild turkeys weren't too bright but I'm seeing otherwise.  I was putting some sealer on some lawn furniture today and she kept trying to fly to the top of it so I had to put her in one of the pens.  She sits right at your feet so she isn't hard to catch.

Whenever we are out there with the turkey the other poultry assumes there is food coming soon.
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Re: Turkey on the canopy
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2017, 09:14:10 AM »
This is a some pictures from this morning that we have been trying to get for months but never had the camera.  I have to take the dogs out to go potty since they don't listen to Teresa as well. We look outside to see where Cheep Cheep is but it doesn't seem to matter.  She was out of sight this morning so I took the dogs out and Cheep Cheep comes running across the grass straight at the dogs.  I put them in a Sit and Stay and fortunately for Cheep Cheep they listened.  This is a lot of pictures of basically the same scene.   She does this virtually every time I take the dogs out if she is in the yard so I'm hoping I have to work to keep control of them.  They look calm and controlled in the pictures but the Aussie in particular would love nothing more than to go after her.  The Border Collie has better control and will always do as I ask.

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Re: Turkey on the canopy
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2017, 10:21:33 PM »
That is just too cool.

I thought about raising some wild turkeys cause I love the taste of them (and I personally have never gotten one hunting). Then I found out about the laws and regulations regarding them in VA....WOW...Nevermind....at the time raising them was STRICTLY regulated, still is as far as I know.
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Re: Turkey on the canopy
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2017, 09:55:28 AM »
Tennessee has no laws about raising them for release but this girl has been free to go since she was big enough to be able to find food.  So far at least she chooses to get fed by us.  She will come running (or flying) to one of us when we are around the feed container.

I don't remember if I posted about her but we were told to try to raise it or let it go on her own to die.  We don't have any Rescues for Turkeys or white tail deer.
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Re: Turkey on the canopy
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2017, 08:42:03 PM »
That's really cool.  Our local feed and seed store got turkeys in about the same time as chickens this spring.   We added some chickens and I thought about turkeys, but in the end decided not to try it.  I didn't know anyone raising them and didn't know how aggressive the toms might be toward my wife or kids.

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Re: Turkey on the canopy
« Reply #16 on: Today at 08:57:07 AM »
If you handle them a lot as babies they shouldn't get TOO aggressive because they will be used to people and consider them the benevolent food Gods....lol
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Re: Turkey on the canopy
« Reply #17 on: Today at 02:34:58 PM »
We didn't handle her any more than we had to in order to let her stay on the wild side but it doesn't seem to make much difference now.
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Re: Turkey on the canopy
« Reply #18 on: Today at 02:40:22 PM »
We evidently didn't have the wild one figured out.  Recently she has taken to being right at our heels so we shall enjoy her company till a big Ol' Tom Turkey calls her out.
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