People warned us that turkeys are mean and unpleasant, but ours have been a joy. In fact, they are some of the lowest maintenance animals on our farm. They do love to eat, but mostly they wait patiently for their turn, though they do mob you for food some days. And they didn’t even complain when their shelter was inundated with water the day we got 4 inches of rain in just a few hours. (Thanks to star visitors, we got that shelter moved in a flash.) Their happiness is quite evident when we move them to a new pasture. They gobble up the fresh grasses and make happy turkey noises.
We have enjoyed their displays and various chirps, barks and gobbles, but their time on our farm has come to an end. No turkeys will be pardoned, but we do take a moment to thank them for the joy and nutrition they will bring to many this holiday season.