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Turkeys have to be one of the smartest

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by noway, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. noway

    noway

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    I was out doing my pre-hunting season scouting and right before sundown, I stumble across 3 hens and 9 poults walking towards me on the dirty trail to a low mudhole that had collected water.

    the 3 hens where on extra-security looking and puttin and lookin. They seen me but didn't quite put 2 + 2 that I was HUMAN most likely due to the rapid declining sun that was probably making me look like a black backlit object. But they sure had their necks stretched looking at me just about the whole time till I dropped on my belly and was at grass level with the birds. ( I was like 18yrds away )

    After they got their drinks the 3 hens escorted their youngins back up the trails but be it to my surprise they looked like they where leaving the poults behind. They had an easy 60-80yrds from the nearest poult to the closet hen. The 3 hens circle the roost tree and gather distance between each other and the poults. The poults stayed in single file looing at the moms puttin & lookin & puttin. After determining that it was all clear, they gave a call that I could only translate as " Run Forest run!

    All 9 poults quickly in synchro ran and jump into the air and flew the remainding 30yrds to the lower branchs of the Live Sand Oak tree. This is the 1st time I ever seen a turkey getting on roost with their youngs. I've seen them coming down alot ;f but never going up with children.


    Quite interesting and it showed their teamwork,alertnes, & carring for the poults. I can only figure out that the 3 hens distance themselves just in case a 2 or 4 legged predator was around the roost site and would give up their lives to allow the young turkeys to live.

    Once again interesting and a beautiful sight.
     
  2. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

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    "Turkeys have to be one of the smartest!"

    Yep, and it is especially embarrassing when they out smart me!
    Like the 'godzilla turkey,' i wrote about on my post back in April.

    Messed with that same bird for two or three days, and, am ready for the fall season, so i can "embarrase him" for a change! :)

    Good story Hoss! Sounds like you had a lot of fun that day!


    Later!

    CanyonMan
     

  3. ithaca_deerslayer

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    I've got domestic turkeys. They are a pain. I forget which breed, but they are pretty smart.

    They like to run up to me like I'm their mom, and they follow me around. When I go inside, they sometimes wait on my step.

    They talk the whole time, and of course I talk back to them.

    At night, I say "come on" and they follow me to the fence gate and I open it for them to go in, and they file past me into the pen.
     
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    {I've got domestic turkeys. They are a pain. I forget which breed, but they are pretty smart. }


    I spent a day on a domestic turkey breeder property and these birds are seriously crazy. The best I can described them, " they where like a 2legged dog with wings".

    Various curious ,playful and easy to get along with. You could even pull out a turkey caller and talk to them and watch their reaction and get verbal feedback from them. If you scratch the slate the right sound and pitch ever turkey in the yard would raise their head and start cluckin/puttin and chirpin back at you.

    The only thing was to watch you fingers and never ever try to feed them by hand. ( they where quite hungry birds )
     
  5. CanyonMan

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    Said...(Quote)..."I spent a day on a domestic turkey breeder property and these birds are seriously crazy. The best I can described them, " they where like a 2legged dog with wings". (end Quote)

    LOL..LOL..LOL!

    Amen!


    CanyonMan