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TURKEY PEOPLE OUT THERE?

Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:14 am

I have had a bearded hen here all year there is three hens together and they have 7 babies with them all summer. I dont know if any are her's or not I am not sure if they can bread normaly but she has a beard about 4" long and not as thick as a good toms would be. Just something different I thought I would share.
JON

Sat Sep 16, 2006 8:43 am

Jon,

Actually, bearded hens are relatively common. About 10 to 20 percent of the adult female population have beards. They can breed normally, just like any other hen. I have seen many in my 30+ years of turkey hunting. I've seen several partial albino hens, also. They are a very interesting and intelligent bird.

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Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:28 am

THATS GOOD TO KNOW, I know that the law states one bearded bird or two in the spring. Not saying Toms just incase. We had a white or albino hen here a while back she did have some gold in her if I remember correctly. She was around for a few years in the woods and then someone hit her with a car or something. They probly thought she was a tame white bird but she was not.
I figured that the post above would make some people say he is just jerking my chain. :roll: But I have seen a few of them around here in NY in the past also Thats the bearded ones I mean. I did not know that they were that comon.
JON

Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:20 am

A coworker recently lost a peacock from his barnyard. Thinking it was most likely gone, they still told the neighbors about it. Turns out, the peacock was roaming with a band of local turkeys. A hunter called the game warden, who happened to mention it to one of the aforementioned neighbors. They netted the bird, and he's back my coworker's yard. Albino is white- what's the word for a blue turkey? :wink:

Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:28 am

Cyanotic. :D

Fri Sep 29, 2006 7:13 am

I live near the little town of Cheney NE which is SE of Lincoln. While barn building several times flocks of wild turkeys have come within twenty feet of me and my sons. We look up and there they are. They must have known that we were there as we are not the silent barn builders. It is always a treat to see them. Probably the same flock coming by to inspect the barn to make sure we are at least building to code.

Richard

Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:16 am

Just yesterday, on a back country road, a whole flock (about 12) of turkeys came flyin' across the road (I almost hit one). They were low flyers (about 5 feet off the ground). I have often seen wild turkeys feedin' or walkin' but this was the FIRST time I ever saw them FLY! :wink:

Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:22 am

Country, consider yourself lucky. In this area collisions with cars and turkeys is not uncommon, and the reuslts frequently are pretty good damage to a vehicle.
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