Monday, November 23, 2009

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT TURKEYS AND MORE!

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I have shown you pictures of  Mr. Tom and Ms. Hen before,

but they have really grown and , Mr. Tom is starting to strut

his stuff  again.

[I am amazed that they have still  have never left our yard, which is 3 acres, so they have room to roam everyday.]

They are never very far from each other.  We are hoping Ms.

Hen will make a nest and lay eggs.  What could be cuter than

little turkeys running around.

She would lay between 4 – 17 eggs at a time and it takes about

28 days for them to hatch.

Mr. Tom does not and I repeat does not like NOISE!  When

lawn people come he is crazy, he also objects loudly by

gobbling repeatedly to the starting of the mule, the leaf blower,

Roy’s truck, anything that makes noise.  They have excellent

hearing, but no external ears. I recently found out that some

wild turkeys in a field near an Army Jet Plane test Airport,

dropped dead from the shock of the jets breaking the sound

barrier.

He has very large spurs, but has never tried to spur the cats or

the dogs when he feels they are too close, he flaps his wings.

I have learned a lot just watching them and reading about

them on the internet.

The average life span is 3-4 years, but I think these turkeys

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These are pictures of my Mr. Tom.  His snood, wattle and

caruncles are bright red, they turn this way when he is upset or 

courting…he is courting here.  You can see his beard in this

picture.  It is the hairy thing hanging off his chest.

Hope you enjoyed your lesson on turkeys, I am always happy to

see them even if I have to wash off the concrete nearly everyday.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Bar

H AND ALL THE CRITTERS

THAT LIVE HERE.

THE CRAZY GOAT LADY!

15 comments:

Robin said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Take Care - Robin

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Mr. Tom is spectacular and so lucky to be struttin his stuff and not getting stuffed this Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving, Barbara!
Sue

Southern Lady said...

Barbara, I loved seeing your pictures of Mr Tom and hearing the story of his and Ms Hen's life on your farm. I hope they have little ones and you can share them with us, too.

Best wishes to you and Roy for a very happy Thanksgiving.

Kat said...

Beautiful photos Barbara. I think having baby turkeys around would be fun.

Happy Thanksgiving sweet friend!
Kat

Staci K. said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for stopping by my blog :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

How fun to have your own turkeys running around the yard. I think baby turkeys would be super, what a thrill. Hope you have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

Inspired Comblogulations said...

My wattle turns red sometimes too.
Great post.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Lee
Let us know if you become a grand turkey ma.

DeeDee said...

hey Barbra..that is one beautiful turkey...thanks for visiting my blog today...I love the company...I can talk you thru the candle deal on the phone it is so easy..took me two candles to get it right but hey it worked well....come by for another visit,...happy thanksiving.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I always love seeing your animals, Barbara! And those turkeys are such fun. I never knew that turkeys were so sensitive to noise. I don't like it either so they would be a good pet for me, provided I had the land to let them roam!

Thanks for the lessons in Turkeydom. I love learning new things.

Did you get my email? I'm not sure if it made it to you. I know you've been busy. Just wanted to check and make sure.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Mimi said...

HI!!!
Why are the boy animals so much more beautiful then the girl ones????? LIon, rooster, peacock, etc!!!!
I really do not like turkey to eat, but I do it on Thanksgiving, after all it's tradition!!!!!
hugs,
jamie
gobble-gobble

ginny said...

Oh My! Did you say you were having turkey for Thanksgiving? Really cute birds! Loved your story of he and the mrs.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOURS!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Well, now that I feel as if I know them personally...I'm really glad we are having pork loin for Thanksgiving:) Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Sue

RUBICITA said...

guauuu que bonita decoración de thanksgiving!!! saludos

Gabriella said...

Interesting info and beautiful photos!
How lucky you are to live out in a ranch in daily contact with nature :)

Tootsie said...

they are very neat! have a great holiday!