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New Chooks

December 10, 2010

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.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2010 10:32 AM

    Nasty old turkey, I guess it decided it had made it’s point.

  2. December 11, 2010 11:41 AM

    Brush turkey? I’m curious to know where you live, obviously not the suburban back yard I was thinking of 🙂
    That’s terrible it killed one of yours chooks, definitely not ‘birds of a feather flock together’…must have been very keen to get on that nest.

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      December 22, 2010 11:26 PM

      Actually yes, totally suburban backyard on the north shore of sydney. Big-ish blocks here, lots of bush all around…means lots of “wildlife”.

  3. December 16, 2010 1:39 PM

    Your new girls are absolutely gorgeous! Stop feeding that bush turkey, girlfriend, or it will come back and harass your new hens! 🙂

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      December 22, 2010 11:28 PM

      We are not feeding it – it is a master of stealing the food from the chooks. Although we have now “turkey proofed” the chook area so we don’t see it hanging around very often these days. I keep waiting to see what will hatch out of that huge mound of twigs it has made for its nest…

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