I also learned how fragile they could be. Apart from being difficult to hatch, they seemed hard to keep alive. Turkeys are not the brightest of birds out there and as babies, need to be shown repeatedly where the food and water is. One of our first pouts to hatch ended up dying. He just stopped eating and no matter how many times I showed him the food and water, he would just forget.
Another poult had a lot of issues when he hatched. A lot of people say not to help the weak ones. That breeding them will make future generations weak. While I don't disagree with that, these were my first turkeys and I wanted to try my hardest to keep them alive, even if I couldn't breed them. Unfortunately, I ended up losing that little guy after one heck of a fight but I'll write about little Will another time.
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I hope you take the time to check out this video of Eve and the gang just hanging out. I had tried to record them jumping around and playing (yes, turkeys love to play) but of course, as soon as the camera turned on, they stopped playing.