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Chickens and Turkeys: What we’ve learned in the past two years.
As former tract home suburbanites, this has been our first experience with caring for chickens and turkeys. Here we share some of what we have learned.
They started out as newborns in a greenhouse:
The eggs are a huge benefit of having turkeys.
Other nice things about turkeys as pets:
Since they stay in a cage overnight, they can’t wake you up in the morning – usually they just wait quietly until we come out to feed them and let them roam.
You don’t have to clean up the waste they leave in the garden, because it becomes plant nutrients.
You don’t have to take them out for a walk.
They don’t come in the house and make messes like other pets might do.
They can communicate a lot of different things using different vocalizations such as:
-When a drone flies overhead, they look up at it and make a moaning worried sound. Maybe they can see ghosts too – because they look up and warn us about something when we can see nothing.
-When a stranger comes around, they bark at them, just as a dog would do. Then when we introduce them to the visitor, they soon lay down and hope to be petted.
-When they find something wonderful to eat they call to each other with a short whistle, as if to say “Look what I found!”
-They prefer to eat food that we grow here at Aloha Farms over anything we purchase. Sometimes we’ve offered them store-bought lettuce, and they don’t like it. They want the good stuff, fresh picked and home-grown. That says a lot about the quality of the food we grow!
Things about turkeys that aren’t as great:
You do have to clean out the waste from inside the cage daily to minimize its attraction to flies.
They like to come up onto our patio and look in the window to the house, which is fine, but they also leave droppings on the patio (not so fine), which have to be blown off.