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Hello Tom

March 22nd, 2019

Last fall, one of our turkey hens hatched out a few poults. I didn’t want any new turkeys, but she hid the nest well until it was too late for me to pull her off. Luckily, she only sat on 4 eggs, of which every single one hatched. All the poults survived and grew and grew over the fall and winter. Turkeys take a while to mature, it’s difficult to tell if they’re hens or toms until they’re 6 months old. A month ago I noticed one was all of a sudden much larger than the others and had started gobbling. Low and behold, we now have a very handsome tom dancing around the barnyard trying to attract the attention of the turkey hens.



I don’t need more toms, so I’ll most likely find a home for him. He’s a nice bird, no aggression at all (if you’re not familiar with turkeys, some toms can be quite aggressive). He’s also a very handsome fellow! Hopefully I can find a nice home for him where we can live out his days doing what turkeys do.

What’s going on in your neck of the woods this week?

One Comment to “Hello Tom”
  1. David on March 25, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Susy. I finally made it out to the Garden this week. Boy, do I have a lot of cleanup to do. It’s a really late start this year. It’s already the end of March and I’ve only been out to the Garden twice. Now, there’s massive dried up weed beds to deal with. Hopefully I have a plan to prevent that from happening again this year. We’ll have to see how it all works out.

    Have a great Maine day with finding Turkey Tom home.

    Nebraska Dave

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