No more turkeys"\?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by KG7IL, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    Got two turkeys butchered and dressed today.

    My last two turkeys met the ax.

    I'm not really sure that I will raise turkeys again.
    They didn't want to stay in the pen and flew out.

    They pooped up a mess, chased the dogs and harrased the grandkids, wife, ducks and chickens.

    I think it's easier to buy them on sale.
     
  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    My sister used to raise turkeys. They were delicious but they were pretty delicate as chicks and mean as adults. I remember one jumping on my 3 year old son and raking his back with it's claws. I wanted to KILL that thing on the spot. But it also met the ax in time for Thanksgiving. My revenge was eating him and enjoying every bite.
     
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  3. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    You should of asked your sister if you could be the one swinging the axe. :D
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I'm not sure I could do that. And I've never witnessed it, either. I'm a wuss.
     
  5. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    nothing better than free range poultry!
     
  6. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    Agreed. The turkey pen is about an acre of grasses and trees.
    They like to jump the fence this time of year for the blackberry's.

    Their crops were filled mostly with dandylion leaves and blackberries.
     
  7. Coyotenator

    Coyotenator New Member

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    Several years ago some of my neighbors got chicks and raised them until they could be released.Now they are everywhere and those same neighbors are complaining about the mess they make.They are good eating tho.
     
  8. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    We have turkeys everywhere up here. All wild. I see them every day.
     
  9. ellis36

    ellis36 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    When I was about 14, which was many years ago, one of my aunts offered to buy three turkey chicks if I would raise them for Thanksgiving for the families. Two of them turned out to be gobblers. One of the gobblers, the dominant one, made the lives of my two younger sisters absolutely hell that summer. Any time they came out the back door that turkey was right there. He guarded the outhouse like it was his own. I was at the age that I relished a fight so he didn't bother me. My sisters still talk about the 'summer of the turkeys.'
     
  10. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member

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    Geese can be a real pain in the ass to keep also. Worth it though they taste great.
     
  11. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    So very true. Not just the chickens but the eggs are exceptional, too.

    My sister also raised geese. The difference was the geese didn't hunt you down like the turkeys did. We just knew to stay away from the geese and their nests/mates/goslings. You coudn't avoid the turkeys. Those bad birds would chase you down.
     
  12. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you want turkeys, come to where I work, we are eat up with them..........
    Most are in supervisory positions.
     
  13. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    One last picture of the turkey

    So here he is, that last turkey of ours.
    Along with peas, beans, zuchinie and other stuff from the garden
     

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  14. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    That looks delicious.
     
  15. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    I had chicks for a while, but I accidentally sucked them up in the shop vac... Oh well.
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Seriously?
     
  17. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    Yes, it was not my proudest moment, I was just vacuuming up some dust in their coop and up they went.
     
  18. downsouth

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    Why is that funny as hell to me ? I think it is the way you phrased it Rusty. "Up they went"
     
  19. RustyShackleford101

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    I had to break down and laugh at it after my 3 year old son stopped crying, it was kind of comical in a very weird sort of way.
     
  20. WebleyFosbery38

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    In the 70's, Upstate NY was nearly devoid of Wild Turkeys, that didnt bother me because I was a Pheasant/ Grouse hunter. Today the Turkeys are everywhere and not a Pheasant to be found! I dont hunt Turkeys with anything but my car! They are like flying Bowling Balls!