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Raising Backyard Turkeys: All Grown Up

Posted on July 12th, 2012 by Tonia 6 Comments

Remember when they were this big?

Well now they’re this big:

I can’t even believe it. They’re HUGE.

Christmas {white, female} is the more affectionate of the two. She comes running over to me and has a special trilling noise she makes when I pet her. She’ll still let me hold her just like when she was little- she’s as tame as can be.

Thanksgiving {brown, male} is definitely her protector. He attacks anything {precocious little wiener dogs, for example} that seems threatening, and he’s gorgeous and impressive with his feathers puffed and tail splayed. He’s not afraid of anything. But he still lets us pet him and he doesn’t care about us petting and holding his woman, although he does examine us with his intense and thoughtful eyes. They both do this, actually. We’re always under the scrutiny of their incredible vision. I really wonder what kind of thoughts turkeys have as they stare us down.

I never thought I would bond like this with a couple of turkeys. I wish for my own sake that they hadn’t imprinted on me when they were young. I now laugh coldly at my idea to name them after the holidays they’ll be served at, meant to save me from getting too attached. Ha. They could have been named White Meat and Dark Meat for all that matters– I still love those stupid turkeys.

Raising Backyard Turkeys: Field Trip to the Living Room

Posted on April 13th, 2012 by Tonia 4 Comments

We let the “turklets” {as Lily called them} out of their box today and they ran like crazy all over the house. They flapped their little wings to help them run supersuperfast.

And then they found a spot of sun on the floor in the living room, and it was all over. The urge to hunker down under those warm rays and take a nap was too strong for even the most precocious and lively turklet in the world.

“This looks like a good spot for a nap, wouldn’t you say?”

They’re still too little to go outside. We tried it, and within seconds they were shivering with cold.

But the sunny floor in the living room…now that’s alright.

Here’s a video of them dozing off:

Raising Backyard Turkeys: Chicks in a Box

Posted on April 10th, 2012 by Tonia 8 Comments

A box arrived in the mail containing two tiny baby turkeys. Their little peep-peep-peep noises are just about the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard, and they’re so fuzzy!

They were shivering with cold, so we got them under a heat lamp right away {they need to be kept at 90 degrees for several weeks} and fed and watered them. They slept huddled together under the lamp for several hours. When they woke, they were much more lively and they pecked at their food and splashed around in their water dish.

They get a little bigger every day, it’s incredible how fast they’re growing! Yesterday we let them out of the box to run around the kitchen. They’re so brave- they run right up to Charlie, who is scared of them and runs the other way. I sat real still and they climbed up into my warm hand, hunkered down and dozed off.

The chickens will arrive just like this in about a week. I can’t wait!