Today while tending the garden, Tom and I witnessed two new things.
First off, the turkey snoods in the boys are growing so much now that they flop over in half. It looks like they have kittle caterpillars on their faces! With this observation we now know that Thor is indeed a boy, he’s just a very gimpy one. Even if he hadn’t had his strange leg injury he would not be retained for breeding.
Second, we got to see a turkey dominance battle! Two of the Ridley Bronze toms started poofing up and gobbling at us humans. But then – and we don’t know who started it, the small one or the big one – they started dancing around each other with wings down. And then one pounced on the other, and the fight was on. They paraded around the garden at each others heels, pecking at each other. Finally the biggest tom managed to get his beak around the smaller one’s teeny snood and dragged him around for a few seconds, holding on tight as the little one wanted to flee. Finally he let go, and the small one backed off. That wasn’t the end for the big tom though, he stalked the small one afterwards just to keepp an eye on him I guess.
We have also been privy to duckling battles too, and although they don’t poof up like the turkeys, they make up for it with interesting maneouvers and speed.
Watching animals learn and grow up is one of the biggest reasons I love living on a farm. Of course the vine ripened tomatoes are also well worth it!