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  • No, but if you have the space, and -- honestly, a few kids, even neighborhood kids to start to teach them early about responsibility, getting a part time job -- it is not unwise to get some chickens.

    /you can make a pretty penny off selling all-natural eggs, i've heard
  • Large breasted turkeys have a compromised sense of balance and can fall down easily ... just like Jessica Simpson.
  • Turkeys also have an annoying tendency to start fight if you've got any Syrias.
  • There's a herd (30 or so) of wild turkeys roaming around the next neighborhood over.

    I have no idea why.
  • doglover: Turkeys also have an annoying tendency to start fight if you've got any Syrias.


    why so Syrias?
  • They don't come when you call
    They don't chase squirrels at all
    Pet turkeys aren't much fun.
  • I had a chicken.
    And it's no fun playing with a chicken all the time!
    He didn't even bark.
    I said "Bark chicken, you better bark!"
    That chicken, he retrieved.
    But he wouldn't bark, I tried to make him bark.
    So I ate him.
  • ...so, nothing like a dog, then?

    My wife's father used to keep turkeys. There was this particularly nasty tom that was just a bastard. Run up and try to bite you in the driveway. I'd kick the thing away from me every time I came to visit, but it would still come barrelling up with murder on it's small, stupid turkey brain.

    Turkey bites hurt, damn it.
  • No. No I don't want a pet turkey. GIS "skeeter the duck" for a potential alternative though.
  • Shadowknight: There was this particularly nasty tom that was just a bastard.


    I heard they get territorial. They'll be nice around their owner, but anyone else is fair game.
  • It's like a dog, but just, well, more bird-like and too messy to hang out indoors. They probably won't play fetch, either, explains the Associated Press.
    "I believe they make amazing companions, but they are different than cats or dogs," said the national shelter director for the Farm Sanctuary.


    Good job there, writer.
  • urban.derelict: No, but if you have the space, and -- honestly, a few kids, even neighborhood kids to start to teach them early about responsibility, getting a part time job -- it is not unwise to get some chickens.

    /you can make a pretty penny off selling all-natural eggs, i've heard


    18 chickens here... we sell enough eggs to pay for the feed. Of course that's offset a bit with table scraps and expired veggies/fruit from store. Also have bees and getting pigs in the spring. Whenever the rugrats have playdates, we try to get a couple chores done regarding animal and insect husbandry just to introduce them to it.
  • Can they point at a bird that is hiding?
    Will they heel?
    Can they find drugs?
    Will they scare away an intruder?
    Can they bring the cows home?
  • Oh, and we were going to do turkeys this year, but the ratio of arrive-live-to-dead was extremely low, so the people we were splitting them with took the few survivors. (Delay in shipping.. poor birds.)
  • I'd much rather have geese. Those things are vicious. And there's always something comical about watching an uninvited interlocutor get escorted from your property by a gaggle of watch-geese.

    /honk-honk/
  • No. Don't. I raised six* turkeys in the summer of 2010. They have zero personality, they're dumb as rocks, and they get in the way and peck at your garden tools when you're trying to work. Chickens rule.

    *ended up with five one fine Sunday morning when they decided to become cannibals
  • Sneakytoes: Chickens rule.


    I gave the Heimlich to one of ours. She got a pebble or something lodged in her throat.
  • One of the surprises that awaited me in Thailand many years ago was discovering that Turkey's were kept as pet birds rather than eaten. Just why nobody has ever been able to explain. The turkeys I have seen here are hideous. I did eat Turkey last night, but it was a Butterball import from the USA.
  • Son of Thunder: I had a chicken.
    And it's no fun playing with a chicken all the time!
    He didn't even bark.
    I said "Bark chicken, you better bark!"
    That chicken, he retrieved.
    But he wouldn't bark, I tried to make him bark.
    So I ate him.


    I told you mom liked me best.
  • OregonVet: Sneakytoes: Chickens rule.

    I gave the Heimlich to one of ours. She got a pebble or something lodged in her throat.


    You put her pecker in your mouth?

    NTTIAWWT

    /good on you for your first responder skills
  • HAMMERTOE: I'd much rather have geese. Those things are vicious. And there's always something comical about watching an uninvited interlocutor get escorted from your property by a gaggle of watch-geese.

    /honk-honk/


    This is why I am terrified of geese unless they are dead and neatly packaged for me to cook. I have been chased by geese more than once and not a single time was I somewhere I shouldn't have been. I was also chased by a turkey when I was a little girl. Some gas station my mom stopped at kept one as a mascot and the thing attacked everyone. I never recovered from the emotional wounds.

    I will eat them all out of sheer spite.
  • urban.derelict: No, but if you have the space, and -- honestly, a few kids, even neighborhood kids to start to teach them early about responsibility, getting a part time job -- it is not unwise to get some chickens.

    /you can make a pretty penny off selling all-natural eggs, i've heard


    Check your local ordinances though, I live in a 'village' that doesn't allow livestock, even though a good half of the village border is actually bordering woods and some open valley/wetlands. It's all about the chunk of land where the houses are clustered together when they make the rules here.

    If we ever manage to move back out to farmland, I'm totally getting at least a couple heirloom turkey breeds.
  • Free range meat tastes better.
  • Sneakytoes: No. Don't. I raised six* turkeys in the summer of 2010. They have zero personality, they're dumb as rocks, and they get in the way and peck at your garden tools when you're trying to work. Chickens rule.

    *ended up with five one fine Sunday morning when they decided to become cannibals


    so you had Five Young Cannibals?


    /That Drives Me Crazy and I can't help myself...
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