Sunday, August 9, 2009
George is our very first turkey. We've had him from the very beginning! Wild turkeys aren't as big as the commercial turkeys, but they have beautiful feathers, and are quite comical. We usually get them as polts (babies), but we've also hatched some of the eggs from our breeding pair (George and a hen). As they grow up, the turkeys have to learn to display and to gobble. It is actually really funny to watch these little turkeys (a bit less than a foot tall) following George and trying to copy what he does. Their gobble is high-pitched and fully puffed up they're only about the size of a soccer ball. You can only eat a wild turkey in the first year or two of their life; after that they get really tough and you get attached to them. Wild turkeys make very good pets, especially if you have them from a young age and spend time with them. We had one wild turkey called Mr.DodoHead, and he was so tame that you could walk up to him and pet him!