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Old 02-02-2014, 05:00 PM
Location: SE Michigan
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What a coincidence....I am in SE Michigan and just this morning had a conversation with a friend about how it seems there were more wild turkeys around that in previous years.

We were speculating that because we've had so much more snow (record-breaking snow and cold), the turkeys are simply more visible?
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:35 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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How do they get all those bottles to flock together?
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:38 PM
Location: West Virginia
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no kudzo, did you notice how the turkey was chasing the Fed-X driver? He could sense that the driver was afraid of him and therefore wasn't threatened. Along comes the UPS driver and he chased the turkey off , showing no fear of the bird and the turkey wanted no part of that. The same thing holds true for tame turkeys. A friend of mine had an old Tom and he would drop his wings down, making him look much bigger, and drag his wing feathers on the ground making a noise similar to that of dragging a cardboard box. I was a little intimated at first and he kept crowding me. I finally stomped at him, run him off and the game was over.

We have lots of wild turkeys here in WV also. They become very visible in the late winter and early spring.
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:19 AM
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I have flocks of 70 and 80 birds or more. There is one woman around the corner that religiously feeds them, They also visit us to clean up any leftover duck food.

We have felt that we have fewer ticks in our area because of the wild turnkeys. We have never had a problem with one becoming too aggressive - even though they get pretty close (probably because they see our ducks very close and figure it is safe).

My feeling is that they congregate close to a winter food source (birdfeeders or humans that simply feed deer and turkeys). Once the females lay their eggs and start sitting in the Spring; then most go their own way. Even though the males will have a deadly fight from time to time; the males like to hang around together (perhaps they like to boast of their conquest?).

I love to watch their mating ceremony. They spend forever trying to impress the female. If they get one to consent; she sits on the ground. Then the male spends forever, standing on her back, and getting his feet in just the right position. Then it is all over in the blink of an eye. The male has his little after sex celebration (probably trying to convince the rest of the flock how great he is in bed?)!
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