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March 07, 2016, 09:22:42 PM
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Peacerose

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A group of turkeys came Sunday morning and walked around the farm near the buildings.  They came out of a thick part of the woods back behind the old milk shed.  They are Rio Grande wild turkeys.  They have beautiful shiny bronze and copper feathers. 






















March 07, 2016, 09:37:44 PM
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My oldest boy took these pictures.  He said some of my hens came out and looked them over.  The most turkeys we saw the whole time was six.

March 10, 2016, 01:09:01 AM
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The next day in the rain there was a turkey flock face off.  Thirteen wild turkeys came streaming into the field and started grazing.  The royal palms came out from under the trailer and met them.  There are too many toms among them and they quickly isolated five wild toms and made them stand off to the side at a distance.  There was no fighting and the two flocks grazed near each other peacefully.








March 10, 2016, 09:07:10 AM
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WOW!!! I love those pictures! You don't even have to say a word, the pictures tell the strory..................

March 12, 2016, 12:07:42 AM
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A wild turkey hen has joined the Royal Palms for grazing the last couple days.  This afternoon they came up behind the house and I got some good pictures. 



What a pretty girl!  She has a beard, as some hens do.  She doesn't show up for dinner time yet.


March 12, 2016, 02:22:19 PM
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Wow.....I love the pictures!

March 24, 2016, 12:53:57 PM
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We see this hen every day.  She walks with my turkeys or sometimes I see her by herself.  Also, there are five wild turkeys that hang out with her, but stay off out of the way.   One small hen seems very attached to her and stays closest.  Maybe her chick?  The hen shows up daily for cracked corn and pellets and yesterday brought along her five friends, but they didn't stay once I came out there.  When I am feeding the hen keeps a close watch on me and keeps a certain distance, but everyday grows just a little more comfortable.

It came to me the other day that the wild hen's name is Rachel.  When I see her, I speak to her by name.  Talking does not make her nervous, but staring or walking fast does.

March 26, 2016, 03:24:37 PM
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 thumbs up Love the name Rachel! Those are some healthy wild turkeys.......good grubs, huh Dawn  :)

April 11, 2016, 02:25:52 PM
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My nephew - the one who lived in the little trailer until last summer - came for a visit this past weekend.  He asked my son, "When did y'all get the brown turkeys?"    roflmao  He couldn't believe they were wild because they were walking near him with no more concern than the Royal Palms.   lolololol

April 11, 2016, 04:10:05 PM
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I think they are there to stay.....how cool is that?  sunny

April 12, 2016, 12:07:49 AM
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I think so too.  Sage, Rosemary and Opal are together now in the big pen.  In the afternoon, the young toms like to challenge Sage through the fence.  Today a wild turkey joined in the festivities.  Sage always thinks he won because he still has the ladies.