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Why Did The Turkey Cross The Road?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Stanford Guitar, Mar 23, 2021.

  1. Stanford Guitar

    Stanford Guitar Tele-Afflicted

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    Coming home from a mountain bike ride today. This turkey would not get out of the road. Got out of my truck to chase him and he gave me a gobble, gobble, gobble. Finally he sauntered off, in his own time!

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    It was too far to go around.
     
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    Everyone knows you have to let him wattle away.
     
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    When I was much younger (probably 5 or 6 years old, no older than 7), my father had a friend who had a very large mean-as-cussin' turkey in his back yard that he had named "Uncle Tom". The story goes that he got the turkey as a young bird hoping to fatten it up for Thanksgiving one year instead of giving away his hard-earned cash to the grocery store for some artificially pumped-up caricature of a turkey. What he learned was that it was more expensive to keep a growing turkey fed enough to qualify for Thanksgiving dinner, and that full-grown turkeys do not take kindly to personal space invasions by a balding old man in flannel and suspenders carrying an axe. By the time I had first met Uncle Tom, he had been pardoned from at least 3 Thanksgivings, and to six-year-old me, he was the equivalent of a miniature Tyrannosaurus raised in captivity. Terrifying. :eek:

    Looking at your photo triggered the remembrance of a particular sound; The sound of rattling feather shafts signalling a running charge at the fence gate that is forever burned into the part of my brain that remembers true fear.
    *shivers*
     
  5. Stanford Guitar

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    I was surprised at how aggressive this big turkey was. He was determined to own the road!

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    The size of that bad boy!

    You know.... you could of just kept goin..an “accident”...yes! Accident!

    Have turkey for two weeks

    Yes I’m the guy that had to come along and mention eating the thing

    Some birds are quite tenacious, I don’t trust geese
     
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    Because I ran.
     
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    All dressed up and no where to go.
     
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    Because he was chasing the chicken? :D
     
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    i bet all the hens were impressed.
     
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    When you are hunting them, and they walk right past you, it's kind of amazing how big they can be, stretched out, walking tall
     
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    'Cause it's his road.
     
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    We had chickens, turkeys and pheasants while I was growing up. Part of a farm and pheasants forever. The pheasant population in Michigan came back because of folks helping out. All this to say the YouTube videos of people running away from birds just crack me up! Not saying I want to be attacked but it’s a bird...punch that sucker! Nice shot.
     
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    Around here, they have gained the status of "nuisance" birds. People are starting to really dislike them, scratching up their gardens, scratching up vehicles as they battle their own reflection in the shinny side of their cars, causing traffic jams, etc.
    40 years ago there were none, then Fish and Game "introduced" them to the area, and now they are everywhere! (I secretly think they are cool as h**l!)
    This is out my kitchen window:

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    This guy is about 10 feet outside the sun room where I'm sitting. He heard me and is actually looking straight at me.

    Some years we have turkeys on the property and some years we don't. Until winter we had a batch of 11 of them hanging around. I've never had turkeys be aggressive toward me, here, maybe because I feed them.

    They are smarter than people think and can recognize and remember sounds and objects. They know my voice and come from the other side the house and toward me, even though they didn't see me when they heard my voice. They recognize the sound of my shaking cracked corn out of the feed scoop. I can hold the feed scoop behind my back and the big tom just goes about his business. When I reveal the feed scoop, he gets interested and runs to me.

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    I think I ran into him near Pollock Pines a couple years ago.
     
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    it aint cool to be a jive turkey so close to thanksgiving!
     
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    He's obviously all dressed up for the ball, and just wanting to strut his stuff.
     
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