not really looking for a baby, more a juvenile. Here you often see large groups of hens and young birds. And you can’t just scale down adult birds, the juvenile looks completely different, the heads are feathered, and the plumage is lighter and more variegated, almost striped.
Usually see hens with about 50 young juvenile birds, about the size of chickens.
and don’t tell me no one has ever requested it because i have bugged you about it before lol
Wild Turkeys are one of my favorite birds. They are one of the largest birds in our area and its really kool that they will frequent back yard feeders in the winter months. This year I have been super swamped with Turkeys. One day there must have been at least 500 birds in the field next to our apartment. It was really interesting to see. It was not one large group, if you looked closely you could tell that there were several smaller groups of 3 to 25 birds each. The smaller groups would move together though the large massive group. Each group took turns coming to my feeding station. When one group finish and left, the next would come in. Groups of Toms and Jakes would feed first, then the hens and young birds. It was an incredibly organized system.
The older birds are quite nervous and wary of people, but the younger birds are getting used to me and used to the idea that i bring food. The younger birds will come up to me when i am at the feeders, they get as close as 2 feet from me. If the hens see the younger birds too close to me they will attack the young bird, pecking and kicking it until it is far enough away from me that the hen feels its safe. They never go after me, they always go after the young birds. Momma is teaching her babies not to trust strangers lol.
looking forward to the toucan update