April 05, 2009
Turkeys are awesome!
Next to chickens I love turkeys. Not the silly white birds, but the black heritage birds. I had one tom for 7 years and he loved me like a cat loves you. They will defend the flock to the death. A few years ago, one very cold winter morning, I opened the coup to unusual total silence. There at the door was the tom. He was bloody and ripped up, both his legs were broken from giving chase and fighting off the raccoon in the deep snow. He had waited for my arrival, to see it's bravery, and died in my arms, he had protected chicken and turkey in the coup. Animals and birds have a life every second they are alive, just like people, their capacity for loyalty, bravery, justice and joy are just as equal. Peace for all
btw - the pictures should be in reverse order, watching the little ones climb on my little one - peace