We got some new chooks a couple of weeks ago. A mixed bag of chookies this time. Did I tell you that the nasty old brush turkey that was hanging around our back yard killed one of our chooks while we were away on holidays? With both humans and dog out of the way the turkey obviously decided that it just those chooks standing between it and a miraculously continuous supply of free food. So it went on the attack. The poor chooks were apparently cowering in terror under the boardwalk that is in their area.
The turkey built a very impressive looking nest of twigs. A huge nest – about waist high for me. When we saw that impressive looking nest we felt sorry for the turkey. We figured that if it had put that much effort into building a home then it deserved to have that corner of the garden. We weren’t using that corner for much anyway. We realised that we were condemning ourselves to many years of future battles with aggressive turkeys…but felt too sorry for the turkey to chase it away. We also thought that it might have already laid its eggs and we certainly didn’t want orphan chicks. So we mentally welcomed the turkey in our backyard. And it then promptly stopped coming around. I guess it had won the mental battle and decided to move on and find itself a new challenge!
The chooks have all settled in well. Very little fighting to establish the pecking order. Sam took these lovely photos. He spent the morning laying down mulch, raking their little yard and building a ladder to make it easier for them to get to their new nesting box. Sweet boy. He loves his animals.