Turkey Behavior - Simple
Tips To Understand Their Behaviors When Rearing Turkeys
Some children want a dog or a cat to be their playmate everyday. But
some consider rare animals to be their pets. Many of you may find it
unusual to have a turkey pet. But for your information, since decades
ago, turkeys have been kept as pets. In fact, the son of Abraham
Lincoln kept a turkey as the first White house turkey pet because of
its social turkey behavior.
Farm Sanctuary, one of the animal welfare groups, testified that
turkeys are intelligent and very sociable animals. They can be
compared to dogs when it comes to companionship and reliability.
Former US President George W. Bush once noted in his 2001 National
Thanksgiving Presentation speech that keeping turkeys as pets is an
old and still existing tradition of the generation and recommended to
There are two kinds of turkeys according to their breed and turkey
behavior. One is the wild turkey and the other is the domestic turkey.
Domestic turkeys are the ones born and living in a commercial poultry
farm wherein they are only intended for Thanksgiving dinner. They are
fed with pellets and other commercialized artificial feeds. Domestic
turkeys do not have the ability to fly since they are only kept in
cages and given food and warmth everyday without letting them exercise
their wings. They are not known for any intelligence capabilities,
unlike wild turkeys.
Do not be frightened in keeping wild turkeys as pets because of their
name. It's for their turkey behavior that some consider them as pets.
They are called wild turkeys because they are born in the wild and
live in a natural way without restraint on what to eat and do. They
can fly since they are born free. Some believe that they are smarter
than the domestic ones, and that is why many prefer them as pets.
It is also best if you will keep a male and a female turkey in order
to keep your turkeys happy and lively. The usual turkey behavior of a
wild male turkey is the loud cackling and clucking sounds. They are
also gobbling and fluffing their feathers when they want to mate a
female turkey. They will spread out their wings while gobbling
tremendously for the female to notice them. You will also observe that
they will run to and fro. It is an additional attraction strategy to
get the female. These are common indications that the female turkey or
the hen is ready to mate. You will then identify who is the dominant
tom and who is not. Commonly, the dominant male turkey will be the
first to mate, while the others will just try to get a mate when the
dominant one is not around or looking.
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