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Two months ago our Spanish neighbour turned up with 2 turkeys for us to keep.  He had been given them by a friend but he already had 6 so he thought of us! (How kind!)

The male was in a really bad way. He was so fat he could hardly walk and all his chest feathers had fallen out. The female didnĀ“t look so bad until she opened her wings. She was completely bald under them.

On researching this I found that Turkeys too moult in the summer. They look very scruffy almost like they have been plucked!. But I am assured that by the Autumn they will be back to looking regal as turkeys do.

We housed the turkeys in the only place we had available, the goat house. Bad mistake. The chickens had been using this for shade during the hot Summer days and so the cockerel kept attacking Paxo and chasing him out of the house. Considering Paxo is about 5 times the size of the cockerel we thought that once he had settled he would retaliate but no, he just ran away! In one way this was good as he lost weight and was running within a month but we could see he was not happy. So Kev built them a new house and enclosure purely to keep the cockerel out!

Turkeys were not a bird we had thought about keeping. They are very ugly, very big and you never see their eggs for sale. Meat is about the only thing that they produce and that takes at least 6 months for a male. But having had them here for 2 months we have fallen in love with them. Paxo is a gentle giant, although he is very protective towards his mate. He is always displaying his shabby feathers and strutting around the pen.

We are hoping in the Spring that they will mate and produce little turkeys for us as we have a list of friends waiting for their Christmas dinner!

Paxo

 Paxo - Our Tom

This is Paxo at present, looking very shabby. He has a blue head because he is unsure. It turns red when he is relaxed. As you can see he is trying to display and make himself look bigger to scare us away.

 

Male Tom

 Paxo update

Paxo in November 2012... 6 months after we got him.  You can see that all of his feathers have now grown back...he is a fine specimen. He has both is long and short tail feathers, his chest feathers are multi-coloured and all his long wing feathers have grown back too. He is displaying most of the time now. He looks very proud of himself!

Fingers crossed, in the spring he will be a proud father to a brood of babies!

Paxo 6 months on

 Turkey update 

February 2013 and Cranberry has started to lay eggs. We had 4 laid in the last week of the month. We are now just waiting for her to go broody and begin sitting.

 

Paxo update

Paxo in August 2012...3 months after we got him. You can see his feathers are growing back on his chest. He is walking much better as he has lost some weight. He appears brighter and more interested in things. It is a pleasure to see him brought back to health and to share this with you. We will update regularly about his progress.

Paxo 3 months on

 Facts about Turkeys

1. Turkeys are social birds.

2. Turkeys can fly short distances and can run up to 22 miles an hour.

3. The fleshy part under the turkeys throat is called a wattle.

4. The skin that grows above the bill is called a snood.

5. Turkeys only lay eggs in the Spring.

6. You can eat turkey eggs.

7. Turkeys only mate in the Spring.

8. Males make a gobbling sound and females have a variety of calls.

9. Turkeys can see in colour but they have poor night vision.

10. Turkeys heads change colour when they become excited.

 

 June 2013

We have had 9 poults hatch this month. 2 hatched in the incubator and 7 naturally under Cranberry. It is lovely to watch how they interact and how she teaches them to eat. Paxo is massive compared to the poults but he doesn't phase them one little bit.

 
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