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Turkeys-Hatch Ratio

The Historic FoodieI was pretty lucky to get three Bourbon Red turkey eggs – that I hatched in the incubator – considering how late in the season I bought the trio. They were already moulting, and I was pretty sure I wouldn't see eggs until spring, but Henri and Etta surprised me. Of the three poults, two so far are toms, and the third, younger by a couple of weeks, I'm not sure about yet. If No. 3 ends up being a tom as well, we'll be eating home-grown turkey sooner rather than later.  

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turkey humor 

Big FootI'd named one of the birds Scarlet because of the breed's coloring, but when I went out to feed them over the weekend and Scarlet dropped her feathers, ruffled up, and fanned out her tail I realized she's a Rhett instead of a Scarlet.   

Our birds made it through Thanksgiving without finding their way onto a platter, but as they continue to multiply we'll control the number of toms in the flock through butchering and cooking.  

For more:  see my Historic Foodie blog.

nebraskadave
12/10/2014 8:24:24 AM

THF, My vacant lot gardens are preened by wild turkeys. The flock is about 15 to 20 strong and never seem to bother the plants growing there. They will scratch around in the mulch and do bug control but don't harm any of the growing produce. It's quite amazing actually. I've seen them resting in the middle of the potato patch during the heat of the day. They will hunker down below the foliage until I approach the patch. Then they pop up their heads and able off when I get too close. Wild turkey flocks always have a look out for danger so I can always tell where they are even when they are hidden from sight. My garden property has a natural spring so the wild animals in the neighborhood have a tendency to hang out near my garden. Some are good and some are bad. It's why I'm building a six foot wooden fence around the garden. Have a great turkey growing day.