Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My, How They've Grown!

The young turkey poults are growing, as my older neighbors used to say, 'like one thing!'
The first time I saw the two hens and their brood, I counted fourteen babies. Now there seem to be eleven -- not bad, considering all the predators out there. 
They've learned to be wary -- as  soon as I stepped out on the deck to get  a picture, they  began moving away, without even waiting for their mamas.

I have high hopes for their continued survival!



 
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18 comments:

Fuat Gencal said...

Yavrular kocaman olmuşlar. Paylaşım için teşekkürler.

Saygılar.

Reader Wil said...

What language is the first comment?
Wonderful to have so many wild turkeys!
Thanks for your visit!

Victoria said...

Great photos! I hope they all grow up to have long, healthy, happy turkey lives. We used to have wild turkeys up here, but I haven't seen, or heard, any in about 15 years. Even when they were here, they were extremely difficult to spot.

Martin H. said...

Canny creatures, aren't they? Do they get any help to grow 'like one thing', or do they feed on what they can find?

Pat in east TN said...

They really have grown, and what fun to see them to close ... any turkey's I've encountered, usually in or along the woods, are very skittish and usually break into a 'run' and become very vocal.

Vicki Lane said...

Fuat Gencal - How does one say turkey in Turkish?

Wil -- Turkish, I believe.

There were wild turkeys in Florida, Victoria, but they were extremely wary and almost never seen. I can only assume that these birds are so calm because there's not as much hunting these days.

Sometimes I throw out some extra sunflower seed or cracked corn around the bird feeder but really there's plenty of food available in the wild.

We have more turkeys that are skittish -- these hen are the boldest.

Vicki Lane said...

I just found an online Turkish translator. The first comment said (more or less):
Children have become huge. For thankings. (Saygilar).

Brian Miller said...

cool. i saw some wild turkeys the other day...a bit sad for those lost along the way...but so cute..smiles.

willow said...

Just adorable. You must keep us posted!

Deanna said...

They have grown so big!

We often look out to see turkeys in the orchard but they don't stick aound for a photo op.

Julienne said...

We don't have wild turkeys here which is a real pity because they look rather wonderful. I do hope you continue to update their growth!

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Vicki -- Love to see wild turkeys with the young ones. -- barbara

Lyn said...

I'm charmed by this..don't forget, I'm a city girl!

chiccoreal said...

Dear Vicki: We have the gobblers around here too and they are wary of any movement. They all move in a synchronized way; not sure how they do that! Hardly see any Tom's. I guess the poor old Tom's are always the first to go come spring Turkey Hunt. If you get to see a Tom let me know! Where oh where are all the Toms?

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

dont they look like little dinosaurs?
my turkeys are now full grown and they were hatched only a few months ago!
nice blog

NCmountainwoman said...

I haven't heard "like one thing" since I was a child in Watauga County. No one here seems to use that great phrase.

They do indeed grow up fast. Now, if you can just lure one of them into the chicken yard in November...

gayle said...

They have really grown!!

Vicki Lane said...

Brian -- But, in the way of things, that's why these mamas produce large broods. And a turkey poult probably made some foxes night!

Julienne - but you have kangaroos! And all those other nifty weird creatures!

Lyn -- so I can tell my agent to stop using her urban background as an excuse!

Chiccoreal -We see and/or hear the gobblers at a distance but they seem shyer than these hens. We had a few jakes (young males) near the house not long ago.

Welcome, John G.-- Oh yes they do! (Cue Jurassic Park theme music!)

Mountainwoman --It's mainly the older folks I hear saying that -- by which I mean REALLY old -- older than me.