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Jan 26, 2010 14:14 |  #16

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wild turkeys are highly evolved pack animals. They are very difficult to hunt due to the fact that they change habitat patterns frequently and they use sentries to alert the group if danger is near. Domestic turkeys on the other hand are bred for larger breast and thy meat verse survival instincts rendering them genetically inferior to there wild cousins. Wild turkeys get a bad rap from there banjo wielding cousins.

Wild ones are fascinating, and I would not consider them as dumb at all. They are known to be extremely hard to hunt.
The wild ones have a appetite for that loathsome arachnid, the common wood tick. Good birds to have around.

The domestic ones are made to be eaten, and Darwin's laws don't factor in their wayward evolution.


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Jan 26, 2010 14:46 |  #17

This is a great shot. I have eaten more wild turkeys than I have tame ones, and I can attest to their taste. As odd as it sounds, they taste exactly like a Butterball from the grocery store. No difference I could tell, no gamey taste, even the ones from the Western states.

And don't let old fat Tom fool you, these guys can fly for long distances any time they feel like it. They aren't just fat chickens. :)


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Feb 07, 2010 08:01 |  #18

well great information about turkeys - thanks.

Here's another shot from that Cuban farm. There were several turkeys there so this may not be the same guy in the OP.

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Feb 15, 2010 08:00 |  #19

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And don't let old fat Tom fool you, these guys can fly for long distances any time they feel like it. They aren't just fat chickens. :)

Tom Arnold? Who's fat Tom?


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Feb 15, 2010 08:19 |  #20

Who's fat Tom?

? What do you call a male turkey where your from?


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Feb 15, 2010 10:19 |  #21

I think turkeys are very sly and wily in the wild but are quite dumb at the same time. I used to live in the hills of Missouri where flocks of wild turkeys would walk through your yard. There was an old woven wire fence behind my yard seperating it from the woods. If you walked out and surprised a flock in the yard they would run for the woods and when they got to the fence they would spend a lot of time trying to squeeze through the openings in the wire fence. Of course, they wouldn't fit and after a few minutes of trying different holes unsuccessfully, one out of ten or fifteen birds would back up a little and fly over while the rest would keep trying to force their way through. Pretty soon another would fly over, then another. Sometimes it would take a flock of 10 or 12 birds almost 10 minutes to finally make it to the woods by backing up one at a time and simply flying/jumping over the fence while the others were still trying to force their large bodies through the much smaller openings. Assuming it was always the same flock as I think they pretty much stay in the same range, I watched this go on a couple of times a week for the four years I lived there. They were never simply smart enough to fly over the fence to make their escape right in the beginning. It was always try to squeeze through then finally give up one by one and fly over. But to go out in the woods and try to track them down and lure them in close was a real challenge. Sly but dumb, that's the turkey.


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Feb 15, 2010 10:33 |  #22

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I think turkeys are very sly and wily in the wild but are quite dumb at the same time. I used to live in the hills of Missouri where flocks of wild turkeys would walk through your yard. There was an old woven wire fence behind my yard seperating it from the woods. If you walked out and surprised a flock in the yard they would run for the woods and when they got to the fence they would spend a lot of time trying to squeeze through the openings in the wire fence. Of course, they wouldn't fit and after a few minutes of trying different holes unsuccessfully, one out of ten or fifteen birds would back up a little and fly over while the rest would keep trying to force their way through. Pretty soon another would fly over, then another. Sometimes it would take a flock of 10 or 12 birds almost 10 minutes to finally make it to the woods by backing up one at a time and simply flying/jumping over the fence while the others were still trying to force their large bodies through the much smaller openings. Assuming it was always the same flock as I think they pretty much stay in the same range, I watched this go on a couple of times a week for the four years I lived there. They were never simply smart enough to fly over the fence to make their escape right in the beginning. It was always try to squeeze through then finally give up one by one and fly over. But to go out in the woods and try to track them down and lure them in close was a real challenge. Sly but dumb, that's the turkey.

That sort of behavior is not really different than many other large birds that primarily forage on the ground. However, if they sense danger, they will take to the air. They typically do not sense imminent danger if they stay on the ground.


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Feb 15, 2010 13:50 |  #23

Not sure about the dumb part.....we see them everywhere, in fact have to slow down to keep from hitting them in the road...up until turkey hunting season opens. Then they are nowhere to be found! How do they know????? lolol
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Mar 01, 2010 16:41 |  #24

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? What do you call a male turkey where your from?

Butterball.

No, I really have no idea. I live in the city. We only have frozen turkeys of indeterminable gender.


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Mar 01, 2010 16:43 |  #25

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Not sure about the dumb part.....we see them everywhere, in fact have to slow down to keep from hitting them in the road...up until turkey hunting season opens. Then they are nowhere to be found! How do they know????? lolol
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They probably can tell it's hunting season when the cars stop slowing down:)


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Mar 01, 2010 17:27 |  #26

Male turkeys are called Tom's. Not sure I ever heard what females are called. :lol:


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Mar 01, 2010 17:49 |  #27

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Male turkeys are called Tom's. Not sure I ever heard what females are called. :lol:

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Mar 01, 2010 17:52 |  #28

Well, I know they are hens, but they should have a name too, maybe Henrietta? :)


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Mar 01, 2010 17:56 |  #29

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Well, I know they are hens, but they should have a name too, maybe Henrietta? :)

Have you noticed that only the males named Tom get the axe?


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Mar 01, 2010 17:57 |  #30

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They probably can tell it's hunting season when the cars stop slowing down:)

haha..I saw several day before thanksgivings day strolling down the road taking their sweet time. I must say road kill for dinner sounded REALLY GOOD at that monment :-)


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