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Old 11-08-2019, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Forgive me if this is not the right place to post this. I have been watching those TV ads for Chantix, a stop-smoking drug, and the turkey in the ad takes two or three steps, then HOPS. Do turkeys really do that? Any info welcome.
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Old 11-08-2019, 01:14 PM
 
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yes. gobblers do during mating season.
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Old 11-08-2019, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Keep in mind that the turkey in the advertisement is a cartoon animation, so they could show him sing opera or quote Shakespeare but it doesn't necessarily mean that turkeys have the capability.
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Old 11-08-2019, 02:23 PM
 
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Over the years, I've watched plenty of wild turkeys, all year round, including during mating, and I have never seen one hop. Not saying they don't do it, but they've never done it when I was looking. The gobblers strut when they do a mating display.

If one pecks at another, and they need a bit of distance quickly, they might give a couple of flaps to get a little lift and put some distance between them and their attacker. That might be seen as a hop, but it isn't really.
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Old 11-08-2019, 02:45 PM
 
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All the ones in my neighborhood walk or run like a person. The mating dance is a whole other thing but I don't think I've ever seen one hop - strut is the word alright. Anything hop-like is more like a challenge - kind of like a boxer lunging at his opponent. Very amusing to watch, especially if there are multiple toms trying to seduce one hen. Six toms and one hen blocked my street a few months ago. We all just stood back and watched as none of us wanted to interrupt them. Those boys have spurs on!
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Old 11-08-2019, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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Do turkeys hop?

You've never heard of turkey trot?
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Old 11-09-2019, 02:15 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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My domestic turkeys would occasionally hop.


That's not their usual mode if transportation, but they can hop if they are in the mood to hop.


I must say, none of my turkey ever smoked and the only time they got smoked was after they were butchered.
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Old 11-11-2019, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Keep in mind that the turkey in the advertisement is a cartoon animation, so they could show him sing opera or quote Shakespeare but it doesn't necessarily mean that turkeys have the capability.
DUH Yes I know that.
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Old 11-11-2019, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Thanks for your answers. I like that ad more than ever now. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-11-2019, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Default Ask a silly question.....

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DUH Yes I know that.
....get a silly answer. My comment was not a criticism.
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