I love my turkeys, I truly do, but in the mischief-making department, they reign supreme. And the bigger they get, the more trouble they find.
We have had our turkeys since July so they have lived together for several months. They are most definitely “clan” birds so they do everything together…..even the naughty stuff. I almost dread going out in the morning because I know it means they will peck at my fingers as I attempt to take the bungee cord off of the gate to let them out of their nighttime pen. Every time I yell “ow” they just turn their gaze sideways and look at me for a moment, let out a turkey bark and peck again. I swear they are mocking me.
They are getting VERY large. As I walk in their yard they have a tendency to follow. I can hear their heavy footsteps right at my heels. I get a little nervous at times because I imagine them conspiring to take me out. All it would take would be for them to bum rush me and I would be toast. Thankfully I am the hand that feeds them and they DO NOT miss a meal. As long as I am carrying that white bucket full of feed I am safe.
Unfortunately, these massive birds have discovered how to climb their pen. They play on the tarp roofed jungle gym for hours during the day. Imagine my joy when I do the daily move of their pen as turkey crap slides down the tarp and onto my arms……so appetizing right before breakfast.
These feisty souls have also learned how to make a jailbreak and free themselves from their poultry-netted yard. They get into a group and lean onto they fence until it gives way and falls to the ground. They seem to laugh with pride as they parade through the pasture, casting a defiant eye towards the house. Last week I found them in the greenhouse feasting on my kale, herbs and beets. They eat like a high school football team at an all-you-can-eat banquet. Not pleased, is how I felt as I raced towards the greenhouse. Do you know how difficult it is to chase 30 turkeys away from the dessert bar!?
I bitch and moan, but in reality I am preparing myself to miss them terribly come December.