Our niece Anissa call me and wanted to know if we wanted her turkey’s. I told her I would love to have them. She brought them to us today. They are grown and beautiful Bourbon Red turkey. They talk up-a-storm. 🙂 🙂 All the critters are having to get use to them…Hahaha! Our turkeys are so sweet and talks to you.
It’s been several years since we had turkeys. The last time was when Kristen was about 5 years old. Her grandma Ship bought her 6 baby turkeys. Kristen would push her turkeys around in her baby basket and the wheelbarrow. As the turkeys grew their love for Kristen grew. The turkeys would protect her from the dogs, big brother and big sister. It was the funniest thing to watch. Hahaha!!!
So we are excited to see how our new turkeys will coupe living with us. 🙂 🙂
The Livestock Conservancy has a great article on the Bourbon Red Turkey.
Facts about turkeys
~The modern domesticated turkey descends from the wild turkey.
~Turkeys are known to exhibit over 20 distinct vocalizations. Including a distinctive gobble, produced by males, which can be heard a mile away.
~Individual turkeys have unique voices. This is how turkeys recognize each other.
~Turkeys are intelligent and sensitive animals that are highly social. They create lasting social bonds with each other and are very affectionate; rather similar to dogs.
~Turkeys have outstanding geography skills. They have the ability to learn the precise details of an area over 1,000 acres in size.
~Like peacocks, male turkeys puff up their bodies and spread their elaborate feathers to attract a mate.
~Baby turkeys (poults) flock with their mother all year. Although wild turkeys roost in the trees, as poults are unable to fly for the first couple of weeks of their lives, the mother stays with them at ground level to keep them safe and warm until they are strong enough to all roost up in the safety of the trees.
~Turkeys can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and fly as fast as 55 miles per hour.
~The male is substantially larger than the female, and his feathers have areas of red, purple, green, copper, bronze, and gold iridescence. Female feathers are duller overall, in shades of brown and grey.
~The area of bare skin on a turkey’s throat and head vary in color depending on its level of excitement and stress. When excited, a male turkey’s head turns blue, when ready to fight it turns red.
~The long fleshy object over a male’s beak is called a snood.
~Turkeys have 5000 to 6000 feathers.
~Benjamin Franklin wished to have wild turkeys as the national bird of the USA, rather than the bald eagle.
~The turkey is believed to have been sacred in ancient Mexican cultures. The Mayans, Aztecs and Toltecs referred to the turkey as the ‘Great Xolotl’, viewing them as ‘jeweled birds’.
~The meat from domesticated turkeys is widely eaten by people across the world.
~When a hen is ready to make little turkeys, she’ll lay about 10 to 12 eggs, one egg per day, over a period of about two weeks. The eggs will incubate for about 28 days before hatching.
~A turkey’s gender can be determined from its droppings–males produce spiral-shaped poop and females’ poop is shaped like the letter J.
~Male turkeys are called “gobblers,” after the “gobble” call they make to announce themselves to females (which are called “hens”) and compete with other males. Other turkey sounds include “purrs,” “yelps” and “kee-kees.”
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