Just eight days ago we ran across a family of wild turkeys scampering through a residential area south of Fargo. The 16 youngsters looked to pretty darned young. I have only one question: Do turkeys pull off two broods here? I’m not sure.
Most young turkeys are full grown by this time and nearly indistinguishable from adults at a distance. Not this group. Check ’em out:
Of course the smaller and more dependent the bird, the more likely the stresses of winter will have a significant say in the animal living or dying.