Turkey Removals

turkeys in their new homeWe have a lot of turkeys in our front garden – 21 to be exact. With the Ixworth chicks we hatched growing by the day and the new ducklings it is starting to look a little crowded.

garden full of turkeys

The turkeys are cute, but naughty and seem to spend most of their time jumping onto the fence and escaping so we decided it was time to move them to the turkey enclosure.

turkey on fenceThis involved first killing Ataturkeyoglu – their dad. He was a good turkey, nice natured, and he sired 30 (and counting) baby turkeys. But we were never planning to breed from him next year – this is why we bought in three one day-old Norfolk Black poults with the hope that one would be a male and would father the next generation – it’s all about genetic diversity! I was worried that Ataturkeyoglu might see the comic posturing of the turkey poults as a threat and attack or kill them, so we killed him – he will be a tasty dinner for us and some good friends.

The turkey hens were interested in what was happening

mummy turkeysmummy turkeys2especially when we wheeled in the special delivery

turkey deliveryturkeys in a boxThe poults were curious about their new surroundings

looks interestinggetting them out of the boxAnd tentatively started to explore their new enclosure

releasing the turkeysA few have jumped out of the turkey enclosure but generally they are settling in well and they have much more space here, lots of places to explore and trees for shade

turkey areaBaby turkeysNow I just have to rearrange the outside brooder quarters in the front garden so the ducklings have half and then the 12 turkey chicks from the brooder can move outside!

young turkey

N.B. For the record Ataturkeyoglu weighted in at 7kg prepared weight.

N.B. One of the Norfolk Black poults wasn’t looking too well yesterday and then this morning I couldn’t find him/her. Hope they are OK, but more importantly hope it wasn’t the little male turkey.

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