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Observations After Watching Turkey Courtship in my Backyard
- The males are kind of cute when they show off. Cute in a bombastic sort of way.
- The females are either
- Extremely smart, or
- Extremely dumb.
While Mr. Tom was strutting his stuff in front of them, the chicks were rapt, motionless. (I know they are technically hens, but I call them chicks. I’m sure that’s how he was thinking of them.) When he edged around behind them to make his move, they began demurely pecking at the grass and trailing off.
I see two possible schools of thought. Either
“Whew! He’s gone.”
“Don’t look too interested, Ethel…”
They can’t be of average intelligence. They have to be incredibly blond or incredibly brilliant. Go chicks.