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Thread: My WILD Thanksgiving Day visitors

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    Hmmm....when we got up this morning, we found these visitors in the front yard ...waiting. I'm sure they didn't come for dinner..but maybe for safety??? That white (khaki) hen has been in this group for the last 2 years. I'm really glad she is still around, she makes such an easy target that I'm always afraid that some hunter will want to have her stuffed...but on his wall, not in the oven.

    This group is somewhere on our farm almost everyday. Today though, they almost came up on the front porch! It was hard to get the pics without spooking them through the window. If they see you moving around these will wander off....not terrified because they are around here daily, but still, they will move another direction.

    They started towards the house from down in the valley
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    Made it across the driveway
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    This is how close they got. They white on the bottom of the pic is our porch rail
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    WOW!!! Those are awesome!
    HONEY!! DINNER IS AT THE FRONT DOOR!!! lol

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    awww, how cute. We get them around here too, only we are in suburbia! My inlaws live in a very wooded, hilly location and there are wild turkeys all over. Drives them crazy...I think they must damage the landscaping :)

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    Hey Mommy,

    It's Turkey Lurkey! And he brought some friends!! LOL

    Great pix, Patti! Thanks for sharing!

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    We have wild ones here too - dog chased one one day and haven't seen that one again!!! Brewster had no idea what it was, but he certainly had a good time trying to find him after he flew in a tree.

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    Awwww I can see why Ben Franklin wanted this to be the national bird. Beautiful.

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    Awesome! Dinner!!

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    Awww--they trust they're safe with you. Neat. Great shots! Thanks for showing us!

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    Beautiful pics Patti - and you're a bunch of meanies talking about dinner! Although I'm a hypocrite because I love my turkey Christmas dinner! I showed the pic to Hans and he made shooting noises through his teeth! :shock:

    I don't think we have wild turkeys here in France. Patti, I guess they thought they'd be safe with you (cos I know you're a big softy, farmer or not!), today of all days! :D

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    how cool. :D

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    Great pics, Patti---We have wild turkeys, too.

    I can't tell you how much I enjoy seeing them. (I've even been know to sprinkle some birdseed around for them) We have one gimpy one who we call Senor Gimpy who comes with two hens regularly. I am surprised he has lasted so long and hasn't been taken out by some predator.

    My mother-in-law used to get a wild turkey for Thanksgiving every year. They were raised on a farm and allowed to roam around. There was less white meat, smaller breasts and the turkey had a distinctive flavor that was different than store bought turkeys. They were GREAT!

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    Yeah..I thought it was cool that they came up so close to the house today of all days! Deer season is open though, so I'm just as happy that they are hanging on our farm and not is the woods across the road. I do hate that they don't go to the back where they can't be seen from the road.

    Yes, I'm a farmer, but also an animal lover...tree hugger....just big 'ole softie! Everything is safe, spoiled and pampered here with us! Now if I could just explain to the deer they all need to stay in "our woods" through the season... :roll:

    Ya'll have a great Turkey Day!!

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    What awesome pictures!!! Thank you for sharing!!! :D :D :D They do know where the "safe" house is!!! 8) 8) 8)

    We could never shoot a "pet" wild animal...if they were close to the house...they are all pets and fed... Don't know why that thought changes if we drive 30+ miles away.... :roll:

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    They know where to go for thanksgiving. ( And not be part of the meal. ) Thanks for sharing with us.

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    I really enjoyed seeing your visitors.
    lots2do

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    So that's where my wild birds went!

    We have them here on the farm, too, but since bow and arrow season started haven't seen them. Deer shooting season started Mon., but with the snow coming tonight and tom., we may have the hunters here longer. Alway's brings the deer out of the high country. They know they have sanctuary here on our property. Usually a herd of around 30.
    Thanks for showing us.

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    They look nice and healthy and shiny, so they must be finding food.

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    Wow, that is great, how nice to have that company. :)

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    Great pictures!!! :D :D

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    Love seeing them out in the wild, what a neat white one and a good target for some hunter :cry: We had a skunk that came thru the yard the other morning, he was buff, or yellow color, no black on it at all. Kids saw it one night when they came in after dark. Last week we looked out the front window and a covey of quail were headed across the front yard, went under the lilac bush a few minutes and them came back across. Usually don't see them up close to the house either. Especially with all the cats. Thank you for the great pictures, just love being out in the country with all the critters :D

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    lol

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    That is so neat! I've never seen a wild turkey so until I read this I didn't know what they were LOL. I learned something new today.

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