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Old 26-08-2010, 11:45   #1141
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Now turkey's they are a tad more difficult to care for, but those suckers get right mean when they grow up, so the trick is to eat them before that happens I guess.

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I spend a good year caring for wild turkeys at the house I used to rent. Used to get up and feed them every day @ 5 am (which not supposed to really do). Got to understand their social and communication patterns, personalities, habits etc. Did a lot of research over that time. They are incredibly intelligent.

None of them were mean. Mating season the males can get extremely aggressive especially if you wear the wrong clothing etc. Otherwise, they were very calm and orderly. Had their routines. Used to dust in the flower bed and sit in the window boxes looking in the windows for much of the day in the shade. Was a real laugh when they would all fly on the roof or roost in the trees during the night.
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We raised Turkeys on the farm at home and I love em.
We even had a sickly one for a pet and we called him Giblet.
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I raised them too when I was in Grad school in Texas. Maybe Texas turkeys are different, but we had a Tom who was beyond mean. Perhaps it had something to do with his being raised by a group of watch geese, but that guy was just the meanest critter I've ever met. He hounded my poor Irish Setter relentlessly. In the end I donated him to the Grad student association for the annual dinner. One of the guys smoked him for several days and he was still tough as rubber. I guess this is just a Texas thingy.

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When they were trying to conservationally reintroduce turkeys back into the wild here in the states in the 1900's, they experimented with domestic turkeys - the ones you normally find in your market...but it was a failure and they all perished. They ended up transplanting sets from healthy samples that were still found in the remote wilds and survived. That worked. Most of the turkeys in the states are hybrids and not indigenous to what was there locally. Some also were domesticated as wild turkeys and reintroduced or escaped. The conservation effort was one of the most successful projects in our history, if not the top one.
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The ones down in texas are pretty robust. There is also a mexican variety that you find here in california.

If you want to read a good book, I highly recommend this

Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey

http://www.amazon.com/Illumination-F...2847026&sr=8-1

He's also an artist and the pictures are smashing.
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Speaking of sickly pets: I had a friend who raised buffalo. They adopted an orphaned bull calf and called him "Norman." As they were bottle feeding him, they kept him in the house, even house broke him, then he took to sleeping in bed with them, which was all fine and dandy when he was a young calf. Not near so fine when he was a 1,000# yearling. LOL Sad ending too. He didn't know how to be a buffalo and was not accepted by the heard and didn't know his own strength around humans and was thus quite dangerous. In the end I guess he just ended up as buffalo burger. Sad that.

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not sure what it has to do with goats










but here ya go
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Skunks are interesting, friendly and smart.

I also like raccoons
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Wow time trip!
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time trip

i loved that song when i was a kid...still do

but now port has changed to life and death is the sea


my ghost ship is better than yer ghost ship

and my milkshake is better than your milkshake...lol

just kiddin and i dont care whos ghost ship is bigger nore whos milkshake is better.....its the company you share it with....no matter what it is

guess i'll be single handing forever......but no ....wait....theres an invisable monkey...lol....spectacular!
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girls or goats--both start with g.
one might just be easier care than the other.....
Sounds like you all think animules are easy. What about a mate? What makes a SO "high maintenance"? Having to get up at 5AM to feed him/her?

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We raised Turkeys on the farm at home and I love em.
We even had a sickly one for a pet and we called him Giblet.
Anjou...what havent you done? lol

are you sure yer not wonder woman? i think you might be!
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xxuxx... Not sad... We may pass by, but somehow I feel it would leave one heck of a wake!
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Anjou...what havent you done? lol

are you sure yer not wonder woman? i think you might be!
Not sure of anything anymore. The older I get, the less Im certain of.

Im just a farm girl who never conformed to anything, was interested in everything and did most of it if for no other reason other than to say 'Been there, done that'

No one got a medal for living the perfect life cos we all lose it in the end
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Not sure of anything anymore. The older I get, the less Im certain of.

Im just a farm girl who never conformed to anything, was interested in everything and did most of it if for no other reason other than to say 'Been there, done that'

No one got a medal for living the perfect life cos we all lose it in the end
gosh it sounds like we are indeed in the same boat.....and i am working on a way of taking it with me when i go...just because they said i cant.

i'll be out of here so fast my wake will obliterate what i cant take...in essence taking that to...lol... just kidding!
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