I was really starting to get attached to our turkeys – the male is stunning when he is on display and the female is sweet and submissive. But she has a tough attitude towards the male when he is *ahem* trying to get down to business and kicks his ass! My kids (and most people) are intimidated by their size and intensity. If you wear anything shiny like buttons, they will charge and try to eat it, which can feel like a bite but is really just curiosity.
Well… yesterday, the large male turkey managed to figure out his way into our veggie garden… and all hell broke loose.
Plants were crushed and entire tomato trellis structures toppled over. This bird weighs close to 20 lbs and his feet are bigger than my hand…like a toddler in a china store -total destruction. To top it all off, he chased after my 1year old Staffy Bull Terrier Spanky, who ran away with his tail tucked in between his legs.
Things I learned from this experience:
•my chicken-proof garden is not a turkey-proof garden by any means.
•my dog is a wimp – so much for a pocket sized pit bull
•I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving!
On the bright side, it IS the end of the season and this gave me an excuse to do some major clean up – the damn nasturtiums were out of control this year!