Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Muffy Thanksgiving Tip

Heritage Breed Turkeys
If the turkeys' free-range foraging takes them onto public roads, don't herd them from behind (as a sheep dog does), but call them towards you with the promise of food.  This can save many Thanksgiving dinners in the community.

17 comments:

Christy said...

Gobble, gobble! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Muffy!

Ann said...

My grandfather said he spotted some roaming his country place recently. He also mentioned that they can be quite aggressive which surprised me, particularly in season. Did you find this to be so? Happy Thanksgiving!

Jed Wall said...

Anther great photo Muffy! It must be beautiful there right now. We actually have a little fall color here on the coast of GA too. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

I love how meta your sense of humor is.

Parnassus said...

Are you selling these pictures to some paper or wire service? They really should be reaching a wider audience.

Regarding Ann's comment, my aunt was once traumatically attacked by a turkey that they had penned up for thanksgiving, so it might be wise to give them a wide berth.

Nonetheless, I love this picture, and also appreciate your sound advice, although the contingency of meeting a flock of turkeys in Taipei seems a remote one.

Wharf Rat said...

REMEMBER THE OLD SIT COM "WKRP IN CINCINATI"?

VERY BEST EPISODE INVOLVED MR CARLSON, AKA "THE BIG GUY", COMING UP WITH A THANKSGIVING PROMOTION.

STATION PROMOTED THE EVENT IN A LOCAL SHOPPING CENTER WHERE LIVE TURKEYS WOULD BE DROPPED FROM A HELICOPTER TO THE CROWD BELOW, SO THEY COULD PICK UP THEIR TURKEYS COURTESY OF WKRP.

MR CARLSON DIDN'T REALIZE THAT TURKEYS CAN'T FLY. THE LIVE BROADCAST WENT WELL UNTIL THE TURKEYS STARTED CRASHING INTO AUTOMOBILE ROOFS, AND LANDING ON THE CROWD BELOW.

SHIFTING GEARS, IT SEEMS LIKE GETTING A GROUP OF PEOPLE TO ACCOMPLISH AN OBJECTIVE IS MUCH LIKE THE TECHNIQUE THAT MRS A DESCRIBES,WITH HER WAYWARD TURKEYS.

IF YOU ATTEMPT TO LEAD A MARINE RIFLE COMPANY FROM THE REAR, THE ONLY THING YOU WILL ACHIEVE IS CONTEMPT.

WITH ANY GROUP OF PEOPLE, MOST SEEM TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH A LOT, IF THE LEADER IS IN FRONT, SHOWING THE WAY.

Kathy said...

I so love your world! Isn't it great having turkeys wandering around the neighborhood. We have them too. Except ours arn't likely to be on a table for Thanksgiving.

Hilton said...

Have you watched "My Life as a Turkey" on PBS, Ms. Aldrich?

http://video.pbs.org/video/2168110328

Anonymous said...

I love this time of year! Thanks for putting a big smile on my face with the wonderful photo and comments.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Bitsy

Greenfield said...

Adorable picture--priceless!

Susan R said...

The Preppy Pied Piper.
Very good advice. I'll have to remember that one the next time I'm out herding wild turkeys.
Honestly, your adventures never end and you always come up with something new, exciting and unexpected. From now on, knowing that it's the Daily Prep, the unexpected should be expected.
So was there one less turkey returning to the group after you coaxed them your way?

Anonymous said...

Muffy - what kind of turkeys are these? I assume they are not wild turkeys, which are supposedly not all that tasty.

It is wild turkeys which are aggressive (to address Ann's comment.) We frequently have large groups (about a month ago, there were 12!) right in our yard near our house, since we live on about 9 largely-wooded acres. I steer clear of them. That's why this picture seems so scary to me! It looks like an army of turkeys coming at you!

Anonymous said...

Ahh, duh, heritage breed turkeys. Quite different from wild turkeys, no?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about WKRP, but I've seen wild turkeys in trees, and I don't think they climbed up there.

Anonymous said...

Do you Americans have turkey for Christmas as well as Thanksgiving? Sum

lorrwill said...

The Wild Turkey Gang that roams my neighborhood loves the sound of my car horn.

I found out by honking to get them out of the way, instead they flocked to my car.

Maybe they thought it was some strange deformed gray bird. While they were trying to sort it out, I went around them.

(Love that picture; it looks like you are trying to escape being trampled by the oncoming herd at first glance.)

morty said...

The moral of this might be to never chase that which you are not fast enough to catch.