Recently a flock of wild turkeys has been visiting us!
They remind me of our Guineas ~ they sort of look similar to Guineas. But the turkeys are bigger than our young Guineas. The turkeys have been hanging out in our back yard, while our Guineas have been hanging out in the front yard.
I didn't see any male turkeys, just females and older baby turkeys. Here is a mama and one of her babies. it looks like turkey mamas talk to their young all the time just like chicken mamas do!
Baby turkeys, I know you are big teenagers now, but your mama Turkey is serious, you better listen to her!
What, Mom, did you call us?
Mama turkey is quiet, her children have wandered off without her. They just don't listen...
We've been banishing our Guineas from the chicken pen, we want them to free range and eat bugs. But they don't want to be free birds, they want to be in the chicken pen still, so they hang close to the chicken area right now. They were raised by chickens, I guess they think they are chickens. If the Guineas saw the wild turkeys I'm concerned they would follow them and leave us behind! They may then realize there's life outside the chicken pen!
Here's a few pictures I took today of the Guineas beside the chicken pen, on the outside trying to get in. The Guineas now fly up and sleep in the trees at night, and fly down to the ground in the morning. In the afternoons we normally open the gate and let them into the chicken pen because they have dutifully sat outside the fence all day, attempting to enter through the gate. Guess they don't realize they could just fly over the fence to enter the chicken pen! During they days they often fly up into low branches of trees around the outside of the chicken pen, but none of them have gone over the fence to get in. One day one of them will realize he can just fly over the fence, and then all the others will follow.