By Michael Entner-Gómez | Digital Transformation Officer | Entner Consulting Group, LLC.
When most people think of pets, they envision cats purring or dogs wagging their tails. However, in my world, the sound of gobbling turkeys is what spells companionship and joy. Yes, I own several turkeys (well they own me), and I can confidently say they are some of the most remarkable pets one could have.
My Feathered Companions' Personality and Behavior
My turkeys are not just pets; they're a part of my family. Hatched from eggs, they've imprinted on me, much like puppies do on their owners. This bond is deep and heartwarming. They follow me around, respond to my calls, and exhibit a level of affection that many find surprising for such large birds. Believe it or not, they’ve even been known to follow me into the house and sit on the couch to watch TV. Their curious nature and expressive behaviors never cease to amaze me.
The Culinary Delight of Turkey Eggs
One of the most delightful surprises of keeping turkeys is their eggs. Contrary to what some might think, turkey eggs are exceptionally rich and flavorful. I use them in my baking and custards, and the difference in taste is remarkable. They lend a richer, more decadent quality to my dishes that chicken eggs just can't match. Also, for those with allergies to chicken eggs they are a godsend, and as a result, command quite the price at market.
Protectors of My Yard
My turkeys are more than just pets; they are guardians. I've witnessed them bravely fend off hawks, protecting themselves and my other poultry which free-range happily oblivious of circling hawks and other predators. They're vigilant and have an innate sense of when something is amiss, often alerting me with their loud gobbles and squawks. It's like having my very own feathered security system.
Caring for My Turkeys
Caring for my turkeys requires space, time, and dedication. They need room to roam, forage, and express their natural behaviors. Their diet, though simple, needs to be well-balanced, and regular health check-ups are a must. Importantly, it's crucial to check the regulations in your area regarding keeping turkeys. Different locales have varying rules, and it's essential to be in compliance to ensure the wellbeing of the birds and peace with the neighbors.
A Life-Enriching Experience
Owning turkeys is a long-term commitment that I've embraced wholeheartedly. These birds have enriched my life in ways I never imagined. Their companionship is unique, and the joy they bring to my everyday life is immeasurable.
Do You Need More Convincing?
In conclusion, turkeys are far more than just a Thanksgiving centerpiece. They're intelligent, affectionate, and protective companions, not to mention the source of some amazing eggs for my culinary exploits. If you have the space and heart for something a little different, consider a turkey. You might just find, as I have, that they are the pets you never knew you needed. My life with turkeys is a journey filled with love, learning, and laughter, and I wouldn't have it any other way. And don’t be surprised if you’re zooming with me and a turkey photobombs the scene. That’s life on the rancho.