Life Beyond Boating  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts

The Wild Turkeys of Village Street
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June 12, 2011
The first chick sighting

The next generation of turkeys a brood of about 18 chicks arrived in tow with two of the hens this morning. After helping themselves to breakfast of cracked corn and sunflower seeds in the side yard, they ambled and scurried out to the front lot and roosted on Chip Ahoy's trailer, empty since we launched the boat yesterday. We locked the cats up in the kitchen until the hens and poults moved on, which didn't go over well with Gilly and Ozzie (aka "Slick").

It was interesting to watch some of the chicks flutter up atop the hens and hug on, while the momma turkeys opened their wings to shelter the other young'uns. I guess this is where the phrase "taking them under wing" originated.  (Jun. 12, 2011)

June 17, 2011
They're back . . . got'ta love it
August 4, 2011
The poults are growing fast

The brood arrived again today, and they're sure looking like young turkeys now, no longer chicks. They're still accompanied by two hens who watch over and herd them like nannies as they wander around the neighborhood, one hen in the lead, the other trailing behind to care for stragglers. Of the eighteen poults that first visited only one seems to be missing. We're sure going to have a lot of turkeys around this winter.  (Aug. 4, 2011)


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