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It’s a Turkish Invasion!

It’s a Turkish Invasion!
April 25, 2013 Mary Jo

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One morning last week I was invited out of bed by the promise of a couple of turks singing on the kitchen table.  I bolted out of bed – wouldn’t you?  With coffee in hand, I sat in the kitchen rocker and marveled at the lilting tones of the newly-hatched turkey poults in the incubator that sat prominently on our kitchen table for over a week.  Turkeys, I’ve marveled, make a wealth of interesting sounds, the quintessential “gobble” being only one of them.  The chorus coming from the incubator was a collection of soft whistling, contented sounds – quite different from the panicked cheep-cheeps that we had been hearing from the chicks as they emerged.  I continued to rock in the chair, sip the fresh coffee, take in the soft warbling; the cumulative effect of all of these was sublime, a fleeting but singular pleasure of being alive at that particular moment.  It was a wonderful way to wake up.

Once we actually peeked in, we witnessed not just the two poults that Andrew spotted minutes earlier, but a third, newly-hatched addition.  4 turkey poults from this hatch of eggs received from a friend! Bonus Turks, I call them.  They’re a mix of Bourbon Red and Narragansett, two heritage breeds.  Next week promises the arrival of the fancy Blue Slate heritage turkey eggs that I ordered in March, giving the incubator another round of duty, with an ever-so-slightly-more-experienced operator, monitoring the temp and humidity more competently.  She hopes.

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It’s time you met the cast of the incubated hatch, no?  On the left is one of the Turks; a Lavender Orpington sits in the middle, all grey and lovely.  The barred feathers on the right belong to one of the Americanas.

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Two Turks and an Americana.  Notice the knob just above each Turk’s beak.  It’s the beginning of the snood, I think.

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Two Americanas and a Lavender Orpington.  Don’t the Americanas have striking eye markings?

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I think all of this exciting Turkish talk is best enjoyed with the following They Might Be Giants song, but that’s nobody’s business but the Turks.’

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