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#2827320 - 05/12/12 07:37 PM Looky what I found...
Setterman
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This would be the earliest I have ever seen a poult, and I don't have to admit this but I will, just to show I am fair. I actually saw another group of poults before this that were about the size of a grouse, all 10 of them flew up in the trees around me as mom tried to distract.

Interesting to say the least, and I was stunned on the first bunch, and just slightly surprised with this second clutch. All this ones siblings bolted into a rose bush, this one got confused and ran literally up to my feet, squatted down in the grass and looked up at me like I was it's mother. When I crouched down to take its picture, I let it know I killed it's father. Keeps them in line for the future.

BTW, it is possible to get pictures for those who can't do as much ;\)


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#2827329 - 05/12/12 07:45 PM Re: Looky what I found... [Re: Setterman]
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#2827335 - 05/12/12 07:48 PM Re: Looky what I found... [Re: timberjack86]
sure shot
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that is awesome,my dads tame ones just hatched last week.
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#2827341 - 05/12/12 07:53 PM Re: Looky what I found... [Re: Setterman]
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Just how old do they have to be before they can fly up to roost? Always wondered that.
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#2827345 - 05/12/12 07:55 PM Re: Looky what I found... [Re: Gravey]
timberjack86
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 Originally Posted By: Gravey


Just how old do they have to be before they can fly up to roost? Always wondered that.
Correct me if I am wrong,I think I read somewhere around 4 weeks old.
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#2827348 - 05/12/12 07:58 PM Re: Looky what I found... [Re: Gravey]
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 Originally Posted By: Gravey


Just how old do they have to be before they can fly up to roost? Always wondered that.


2 weeks is a good bet, the ones I saw today were probably 3 weeks old which is utterly shocking to someone like me who has spent years monitoring nests, and turkeys to try and get an accurate gauge as to hatch dates.

I said a few weeks ago it was almost impossible to have birds hatching before the end of April. Well today shot that theory, and the opinions of a bunch of other folks like me.

Nature is a funny fickle thing, and certainly throws curve balls every now and then. I could have gotten pictures of the first clutch of older birds, but they were pretty nervous and I didn't want to stress them anymore than I already had.

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#2827358 - 05/12/12 08:07 PM Re: Looky what I found... [Re: Setterman]
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I saw 3 poults today. Earliest I have seen, they were getting around very well.
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#2827378 - 05/12/12 08:28 PM Re: Looky what I found... [Re: smstone22]
Andy S.
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Good hard data right there, and good pic as well. Thanks for sharing Setterman.
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#2827506 - 05/12/12 11:45 PM Re: Looky what I found... [Re: Setterman]
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Although right this minute looking outside isn't the greatest measure, we might just have an amazing hatch this year (insert fist pump here). 2 years from now could be a super gobbling year with all these great poult reports. Early spring, pretty dry, and crazy warm...gotta love Ma Nature.

Great photo of the little booger!

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#2827508 - 05/13/12 12:05 AM Re: Looky what I found... [Re: Boll Weevil]
stik
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too bad it didn't have a beard ;\)
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