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The Turkey That Came In From The Cold

We’re scratching our heads, trying to figure out why a wild turkey would leave its brood and join us here at the Rogue Farms Hopyard.


The new bird, we’re calling him Gravy, has family ties to our domestic flock of Royal Palm Turkeys. Our Royal Palm Tom is his father. (See A Scandal At The Hopyard) So Gravy is only half wild.

We think Gravy was rejected by his wild flock for a couple of reasons.

1: Gravy is almost a mature male. Maybe the Tom (male turkey) of the wild flock kicked him out because he’s competition for the top slot.

2: Gravy’s large white patch makes him an easier target for predators and hunters. (See the slide show) Keeping him around might endanger the rest of the flock.

Whatever the reason, we’re glad to have him.

Gravy watches his new flock to learn how to fit in.
Gravy watches his new flock to learn how to fit in.
Gravy’s large white rear patch makes him a target in the wild. His father, Tom, is on the far left.
Gravy’s large white rear patch makes him a target in the wild. His father, Tom, is on the far left.
Gravy with one of his half siblings.
Gravy with one of his half siblings.

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