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Thanks John and Leighton,
leighton w wrote:
Love this Mark! Obviously you've never raised domestic Turkeys. When they're young and you raise them in a pen outside, if a thunderstorm comes up, they will actually look up with their mouths open and drown! Don't believe me? Google it.
That sounds pretty stupid. Ok, the Turkeys might just win it.
This mama had a young (days old) chick with her. In the 3 days i was there she lost the chick 3 times. She led it up to a flight of stairs and then flew to the top, the chick of course was not big enough to follow and got left behind, had to be rescued so I built a small book staircase for the chick to climb up. Next day the chick got down onto the swimming pool which had a cover on it but then couldn't climb off again because of the large gap between the cover down at water level and the ground level around the pool. The chick decided the best place to hide from rescue was the pool filter, just as we got the filter cover off she took off and eventually finally my wife managed to catch it and lift her out of the pool. I don't know how on day 3 the chick got onto the trampoline, it defies logic, but it did, not easy to catch (actually, easy to catch, hard not to accidently step on).
The are related to a species back in NZ called the Phukehko (Ben would also know this bird as the Purple Moorhen) which are similarly spectacularly stupid.