Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Talkin’ Turkey – Oh, The Drama!!

on July 11, 2011

Wow oh wow – this is a real turkey of a summer! LOL

Remember those three little wild turkeys who quickly turned into medium-sized turkeys? They come to our bird feeder every morning now and peck at whatever has landed on the ground.

The original trio that's now The Twosome.

WELL….. last week a family of TWELVE wild turkeys showed up – two parents and TEN little fuzzers!

A few members of the Clan of Twelve with Poppa.

They usually come for dinner and spend at least 20-30 minutes dining on whatever has fallen from the feeder.

Today, both Turkey Clans showed up at the same time. Not good.
I couldn’t get any photos because I was riveted to the action and didn’t want to walk away to get my camera.

The medium-sized turkeys (now only two instead of three; I don’t even want to think about that) approached the food area at the same time as the Clan of Twelve. The Twosome were more than happy to share – not so with the Clan of Twelve. Momma and Poppa ran the Twosome off, flapping their huge wings and making never-before-heard (by me) turkey warning sounds.

Poppa was content to push them ten yards away – but not Momma. She went after them, driving them hither and yon, until there was half an acre between those two usurpers and her brood (now down to only 9 babies, but I don’t want to think about that either. They’ll always be the Clan of Twelve to me.).

Momma (light colored), Poppa, and a few kiddies.

One of the babies actually tried to step in and chase off the Twosome as well! Ah, like mother, like daughter. 🙂

By the time Momma came back to her Clan, Poppa had rounded up his group in a tight little bunch, and they all headed out of the yard. I don’t get it – they’d earned Exclusive Feeding Rights, yet they passed up the food and left.

Apparently the Twosome was hiding behind the huge evergreen in the back corner of the yard, because once the Clan had gone, they came back and reaped the rewards of their patience.

This is like a combination of an Aesop’s Fable and a daytime soap opera: The Days of Our Turkeys? The Turkeys of Our Lives? The Young and The Turkeys? 😀

Needless to say, I had to keep Daisy AWAY from the window during this whole fiasco. But she’s back on guard now. 😉

Poppa and a few Poppettes 😉

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16 responses to “Talkin’ Turkey – Oh, The Drama!!

  1. Judy says:

    Wow, you have lots of turkeys! Great pics of the parents and babies. We recently saw our first humming bird this year, unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me. Maybe next time.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I don’t know why turkeys are suddenly coming into yards so much; used to be we’d see an occasional one near a wooded area, but now I feel like we’re living on a turkey farm!

      I hope you get photos of the humming bird, they’re SO beautiful!

  2. Carly says:

    Holy moly – 12 turkeys?! That’s wild – it’s making for some awesome photos!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Carly! We’re pretty blown away by this sudden appearance of turkeys too – it’s most amazing when they walk up to our sliding glass door and peek inside! Guess I won’t be leaving the door open for fresh air for a while…. 😉

  3. Mumsy says:

    That is a lot of turkey visitors. I bet it is interesting to watch them. That would have been cool to have pictures of all of them but I would be like you and not want to leave to get a camera. Chancy would want to go out and chase them all away, lol Hugs and nose kisses

  4. barb19 says:

    Aren’t they fascinating to watch? And so protective of their babies! The twosome were pretty clever hiding till the big clan had left! Turkeys are not so stupid, are they? teehee!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Not stupid at all! They’re brains might be small, but they’ve got a LOT working up there and their instincts are right on target. I had to laugh when the Twosome ended up with the bounty after all that went on. 😉

  5. granny1947 says:

    So…when is Thanksgiving?
    Sorry RD!!!

  6. Baby turkeys are quite cute. It makes me want to swear off eating them when they’re fully grown! 😀

  7. Aww Turkeys and babies how adorable. I have only had kittens.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      This summer it feels like we’ve got a wildlife refuge in our yard! Wild turkeys, chipmunks, squirrels, tons of birds, ground hogs, the occasional deer – good grief! 😀 But I love having nature at my door.

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