After we had built our house, we had our contractors come back a few years later to build a pavilion on our patio. I looked out one day and I saw the two brothers standing as still as could be. I watched for a minute or two, and they never moved a muscle. Strange. I opened the door and the one brother waved me off, making just a little movement with his hand. “Vickie, shhhhh. Turkeys…..”
I looked out in our field, and there were 6 huge turkeys. Well, I knew all about how turkeys were skiddish. I also knew that the
brother builders were big time hunters, and were probably salivating at the prospects of killing one of those birds. I was wondering how long they would stay frozen like that. All they needed were some British outfits and they could be guards at Buckingham Palace.
The turkeys were still far away, but were coming closer. I let it continue for a few minutes, but then I thought I should put a stop to this. I wanted to sit under my pavilion some day, after all.
I grabbed the cracked corn and opened the door. “HEY YOU GUYS!” I yelled for my turkeys. Yeah, my turkeys.
As soon as the turkeys heard my voice, they ran to me like I was their momma. They surrounded me as I threw corn to the ground. I sweet talked to them and called them by name: Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe, Larry, and Curly. We knew each other pretty well. After all, it took me a very long time to tame them.
The builder brothers reminded me of little boys who were just told them there was no Santa Claus. Deflated. Hurt. Then mad.
“Vickie, that’s not right. It goes against the laws of nature.” Builder brother #1 said, as he limbered up from his stoic pose. Brother #2 just looked at me.
It all started one day while watching them through my binoculars. They were pretty far away. I was so excited. I had never seem live turkeys before. There must have been 15 of them.
I decided I was going to tame them. I started by putting corn out on the ridge. When they would go to the corn, I would just step outside on the patio. They would run away, but then come right back. The next day I put the corn closer. When they found it, I would come outside and stand, once again. I did this daily. In a couple of weeks, I had them eating out of my hands. The picture, above, shows my turkeys under the hickory tree. I called this “the mound,” where I put food out for all my critters.