2008-11-17

Ding-Gobble! Our Turkey Door Bell


Turkeys are downright ugly and Hoi Hoi was no exception. If you've read the caption beneath my mugshot you'll know I have a bad habit of collecting baby animals. Hoi Hoi was no exception. Found still hatching out of his egg, after mother turkey had decided this egg wasn't going to stay in her nest anymore. Softy here took pity on the still hatching turkey chick and shoved him into her pocket, before carrying on with the spraying I was doing at the time. At 3 pm the kids came home and well the decision was final when the girls saw a little turkey chick begging to be saved. Turkeys are difficult to raise so I was told by one of locals. Hoi Hoi needed company so off we went down to Koanga Gardens and came home with two more fuzzy babies. Sadly one weakened and died a day later. Maggie and Hoi Hoi grew up together and if anyone turned up at the farm Hoi Hoi would start gobbling and kick up a fuss. One good thing it kept my former in-laws from coming into the gate and start causing me and the kids more trouble.(LOL) Sadly Hoi Hoi dislocated his leg and died just a short time after his accident. I miss Hoi Hoi strangely enough and so does my Mum - she used to spoil him rotten with treats every time she came to visit.

5 comments:

  1. Jeepers girl! no wonder my daughter loves visiting your farm. Seriously though I think the best place for a turkey is on my dinner table.

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  2. I love turkey too like Amy, but had I hand raised one I couldnt eat him....LOL I'd have done the same thing you did...poor turkey! But luck to have found you, I bet he had one spoiled life!

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  3. Spoiled Rotten was Hoi Hoi great for keeping the weeds and bugs down and for a watch *dog* turkey tastes nice but him -nah same thing for you Rae. Amy your daughter is animal crazy!!!!

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  4. It must be a wonderful feeling hand rearing an animal and watching it develop into an adult. How often did you have to feed the chicks?

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  5. Hey Africa!! Fortunately turkeys are very much the same as little chickens. We fed them a specialised chick food and put it a jam jar lid as I recall. I used to change it about three times a day. I've hand raised Fischers Love birds as well before and they're twice the work. Every three hours of tube feeding little parrots - a heck of a commitment.

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