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#3766185 - 09/17/14 09:16 AM Update on my Eastern Wild pets
megalomaniac
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The poults I hatched out back in May seem to be close to full size after only 4 months. I've learned a ton from them in the interim and currently have a flock of 6.... 3 toms and 3 jennies. I actually hatched out 9, but one just wouldn't eat or drink in the first few days after hatching and died. Another I lost around 6 weeks of age during a week my neighbor was caring for my poultry while I was on vacation with the family. It escaped from the pen and she had to chase it around with a fishing net to finally capture it. I died later that day... I suspect from excessive stress.

I lost a 3rd bird about 6 weeks ago during the night while cleaning out the coop. It flipped out while on the roost, hit the floor of the coop, charged the door and escaped into the yard. He headed straight for the trees in the middle of the night and hasn't been seen since. Other than those incidents, the birds have been very, very vigorous and healthy. I had heard so many nightmare stories of blackhead disease and failure to thrive with wild turkeys in captivity, I honestly wasn't sure how they would fare, but these birds seem to be better than just fine.

As I said before, they seem to almost be full size, although both the jennies and jakes have a bit more filling out to do. Amazing what 30% protein feed for the first 3 months, then 20% protein feed since will do.

I started to get the first 'gobbles' from the jakes around 3 months of age. They now will shock gobble at just about anything. And it is also amazing to see just how different each bird's personality is. A couple jennies are still shy, but one jake seems to have no fear whatsoever of any of my family save for the cat.

Probably the biggest thing I've learned from caring for them is how much more vocal with putts, purrs, yelps the males have been compared to the females. After 25 years of turkey hunting, I had always assumed the females chattered more than the males. It's also amazing how quiet some of the purrs can be when they communicate... literally, they can talk to each other and you can not hear some of the sounds they make if you are over 5 yards away from them.

Here's a pic of the dominate jake. Still not a hint of a beard yet, but he thinks he's the boss of the entire flock.

Oh, and it's driving me crazy that the birds will no longer enter the coop at night and prefer to spend the night on the perch in the run. I know these birds can handle the weather at this point, but I still feel bad for them during the storms and cold to come.

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#3766322 - 09/17/14 11:25 AM Re: Update on my Eastern Wild pets [Re: megalomaniac]
ZachMarkus
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Nice. I used to have 2 myself. My neighbors dog killed one and the other one was 5 years old when he died, he had an 11" beard and 1 1/4" spurs and when he gobbled it would rattle the windows in the house lol
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#3766564 - 09/17/14 03:58 PM Re: Update on my Eastern Wild pets [Re: ZachMarkus]
catman529
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that's pretty awesome
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#3766862 - 09/17/14 08:35 PM Re: Update on my Eastern Wild pets [Re: catman529]
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#3766900 - 09/17/14 09:10 PM Re: Update on my Eastern Wild pets [Re: Gravey]
wlf89
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i have had a few eastern wild and tame ones aswell in the past and they always died when they got a couple months old
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#3769950 - 09/21/14 04:46 PM Re: Update on my Eastern Wild pets [Re: wlf89]
ROVERBOY
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You've done a great job so far. I've talked to a few guys that have tried raising poults and they have all said that its kind of a tough job. I've thought about trying it myself. Murray Mcmurray has Eastern and Rio Grande but, there a little expensive.
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#3769953 - 09/21/14 04:47 PM Re: Update on my Eastern Wild pets [Re: wlf89]
ROVERBOY
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You've done a great job so far. I've talked to a few guys that have tried raising poults and they have all said that its kind of a tough job. I've thought about trying it myself. Murray Mcmurray has Eastern and Rio Grande but, there a little expensive.
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#3771676 - 09/23/14 01:14 PM Re: Update on my Eastern Wild pets [Re: ROVERBOY]
callemquacktn
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Wow, your birds are way bigger than the wild puts at home behind the house. Great job!
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#3771695 - 09/23/14 01:35 PM Re: Update on my Eastern Wild pets [Re: callemquacktn]
Rockhound
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Cool! When I get my house built and settled in, I wanna get me a gobbler and about 6 hens to raise from
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#3801513 - 10/20/14 04:11 PM Re: Update on my Eastern Wild pets [Re: Rockhound]
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My wife had 4 hatch. 2 died about 1 month old. The other 2 are doing good. One is a male and we think the other is a Jennie. The little male now is strutting. And we can see the makings of Spurs, still no beard yet. They sure are fun to have around and follow us around like chickens do.
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