Posted Mar 11, 2015
A couple of years ago, we got about a dozen turkeys. Our plans were to raise them until they were old enough to fend for themselves, then set them free. On our farmland, we have ticks. Turkeys love ticks. Our turkeys were wild for about the first year, within reason. They came around quite a bit and stayed in a heard, so-to-speak. Several months ago, all of our turkeys went missing. They were gone for a few weeks. After a while, one lone turkey came back, rather beaten up.
This turkey is now named Gobble Gobble and spends its days perched on the porch by the sliding glass door. She eats birdseed and steals the cat's food and enjoys chasing them around. Every few days, we have to go out to shovel the turkey droppings off of the porch, which is not pleasant. What was supposed to be a wild turkey, has now turned into more of a pet. You can approach her and touch her and as long as you do not make threatening movements, she will let you.
Don't get me wrong, she can still be feisty. She will chase down your vehicle when you try to leave and if you don't watch out, will even chase you. My fifteen-month-old absolutely loves her and loves watching her through the sliding glass door.
I guess that when these turkeys are not with a group, they can become pets rather than wild.