Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Earlier this summer, we had daily visits from a small flock of turkeys. They came down to enjoy a dust bath in all of the newly dug earth at our construction site. We asked around the neighborhood to see who the owners of these "free range" birds were and apparently they are ownerless. The story goes that someone made a dump and drive of the poor mother turkey earlier this spring and she hatched four eggs. The flock now wanders the "neighborhood" on a daily basis and tends to roost for the night on our neighbor's garage roof.

We've gotten a kick out of seeing them for the last few months, strolling around like posh Edwardians on holiday. Of course, I can't help but look at them and think Thanksgiving.

This afternoon, I walked into my kitchen to put a glass in the sink, and there they were, all five of them, perched on my deck railing, just outside my kitchen window. I was shocked at just how big they really are. Of course I had to get my camera, although they weren't too happy about my opening the door and they quickly took off flapping for the yard.

Maybe if I spread some cracked corn I can keep them coming until November.

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Number five seemed to elude my camera for every shot


JulieMom said...

Yes but who will pluck them?

Or did I misunderstand?


Eaglemyst said...

I think it's neat they come so close to your house. We see turkeys here everywhere, but they are always at a distance.

And, yeah...just who is going to pluck them...and cut off their heads and feet...and...gut them...blech. LOL

impromptu-mom said...

Someone has to do it.

Food is not magically created. Something has to give it's life to feed you, be it foul, fish, or fungus. Besides, it's not so bad and it kinda gives you an appreciation for how you eat.

So, I guess to answer your questions, I would pluck and dress them, but my husband would do the "chopping". I have horrible aim, especially with a wiggling target.

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

They are a nice sight now, but what if each turkey has 3 eggs (assuming they are all female) and they keep coming back in bigger and bigger groups?

impromptu-mom said...

Mrs. Bridget,

As far as I can tell, the "children" are all male, but if they want to lay eggs and reproduce, I say "Yum!". I was hoping to add a small flock of chickens to our little house this year, maybe they will have turkeys to keep them company, lol.

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

An easy thanksgiving!!!