Those sad turkeys

Well, our mail lady came through and found the owners of those wayward turkeys yesterday.

I know there’s no commandment about coveting one’s neighbor’s poultry, but…I was kind of sad to see them go. It appears they belong to a neighbor about 1 1/2 miles down our road. Our road is a twisty-turny one that follows the creek behind our house, and that creek hits the river a mile down from us; these turkeys somehow either crossed the river (!!) or simply followed the bank to the road, and meandered their way down to our farm.

Okay, those were some sorry-assed looking turkeys, so how was it I could just give them back? Give them back without, you know, punching the guy? Well it helped that I was not here at the time. So my hubby got to do the handover and he didn’t yell. The guy was actually really grateful and happy to get them back. It seems they had been gone for a long time.

12 responses to “Those sad turkeys

  1. I’ve had turkeys wander off down the road. It happens. We named one jake Stupid because he could never find his way home. We’d find him, bring him home, lock him up for a while then let him out with the rest hoping he’d stay with the flock. He wasn’t very smart but he was very tasty.

  2. I think the owner would need to qualify to get his turkeys back. You know, questionaires, home inspections, character references.

  3. I would be very sad as well and I’m sure I wouldn’t want to hand them over easily. I like to think they got all beat up because they were in the wild so long but that’s a hard one given the broken feet and wings.

  4. Glad you got them back home. No wonder they were in such rough shape, if they have been missing for so long! Again my friend, wishing we were neighbors…..and not just because you have a greenhouse! 😉

  5. Poor turkeys. Maybe the owner will be so grateful to have them back that he’ll treat them better.

    The incident reminds me of Bob Tarte and how he’s constantly rescuing abused or neglected birds. Have you read his books? Enslaved by Ducks and Fowl Weather.

  6. Yay, happy ending! I’m so glad the mail lady solved the mystery. And I hope the turkey guy does a better job keeping his birds contained as to prevent future heartache.

  7. Poor little skinny turkeys! They’ll never be ready for the table at this rate!

  8. You’re a hero, El, for housing and nurturing them, and for putting out the word about a missing flock.
    And your mail lady! Also a hero.

  9. You gotta just hope that all that they had wrong with them was just cuz they were out in the wild so long. I’m glad it got resolved. Maybe he WAS really glad that they were found. He may have been worrying all this time.

    Sorry tho too, that you didn’t get to keep them.

  10. Robin, it’s good to learn they might just have wanderlust. You’re lucky you kept finding Stupid!

    Pamela, I know! Like I am a one-woman Poultry Protective Services, complete with a clipboard and files.

    Alecto, yes, and I am still sad. Here’s hoping they tangled with a coyote or something and didn’t get the abuse at home.

    Aw, Ang! Me too! Just think of how many jars of stuff the two of us could put away. But yes, you’d have done the same thing…

    Anne, I can only hope they’re treated better now. And I had heard of Fowl Weather, at the tail end of the period when we moved here…I had been on a City Idiot Moves to the Country reading jag. This is a surprisingly deep genre, by the way. I really tapped it too and if anything it made me feel like I wouldn’t be so stupid; who knows if that’s true, of course. But thanks for the recommendation! Enough time has passed and now that I am a Poultry Matron…

    Liz, me too! You know, mail carriers if you live in the country can be some of your best sources for LOTS of different information. I give ours cans of jam and cookies and zucchini bread.

    Mrs GH: Here’s hoping they’ll be eating lots of good stuff at home now. Poor gobblers.

    Aw, CC; not really. You just do these kinds of things. But the mail lady and I had all kinds of secret-handshake things that she would ask her patrons: so, you lost some turkeys? What did they look like, how many? That way we didn’t get any old turkey snatcher taking the birds. This guy passed. But yes, it sounds so very, gubmint spy-ish and all that.

    Jules, secretly I guess I am glad it got resolved too because I felt so darned sorry for them: how in the world could I then put them in the freezer. I still worry though. I am going to have to spy to figure out where they live. You know, going with my clipboard and all that….

  11. I really don’t know turkeys that well but maybe this guy is raising some or one of the heritage breeds of turkey that are gaining popularity with chefs and regular folks.Some of them I have seen are pretty thin compared to the big breasted fowl you eat on Thanksgiving. I can never figure out how some farm turkeys are so dumb given that their wild cousins are usually very clever birds.

  12. I raised turkeys last year for the first time and absolutely loved them. I was so glad when my husband and a friend did the butchering, I couldn’t have done it. They are smart, beautiful (and yes tasty) creatures. I am presently raising 24 more at the moment.

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