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  •  Kept a few guinea fowl once (3+ / 0-)
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    And they are far and away the most annoying poultry in existence. Man, are they ever loud. They scream out this staccato ya-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha at great volume, all the time.  I actually had to get rid of my guinea fowl when living in the Albuquerque south valley even though lots of folks had roosters and the neighbors were distant.  Turkeys make very little noise, just whistling and the occasional gobble-gobble.  I can't say enough good about turkeys - they are really hardy, low maintenance, cheap to feed, generally non-aggressive and big enough not to have to worry constantly about hawks or foxes as is the case with chickens.  If anyone wants to try their hand at keeping poultry, a small flock of brown barnyard turkeys is a great way to start.  I suspect peafowl are similar in terms of general hardiness and ease of care.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 11:55:54 AM PDT

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    •  I like turkeys. (2+ / 0-)
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      Here in CT they have come back and we see them often in our yard and along the roads.  Stately and well-mannered birds that bother no one, and deserved to be our national symbol, as Ben Franklin once proposed.

      In all honesty, however, I am compelled to note that my mother-in-law was once (in the early '30's) chased out of a pasture by a cranky domestic tom turkey while on a picnic with her soon to be hubby.

      Real plastic here; none of that new synthetic stuff made from chicken feathers. By the morning of 9/12/2001 the people of NYC had won the War on Terror.

      by triplepoint on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 01:02:38 PM PDT

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      •  Yea, some toms can be cranky (2+ / 0-)
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        especially when breeding.  They are a bit intimidating, but the best way to deal with an aggressive tom turkey is not to run, but to push him, or grab him by the feet and turn him upside down.  They get the point.  That's not something to try with an emu, cassowary or ostrich - turkeys are at the upper size limit for easily controlled birds.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 01:15:26 PM PDT

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    •  Peafowl & guineas also eat ticks & other nasty (1+ / 0-)
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      bugs.

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

      by FarWestGirl on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 06:09:08 PM PDT

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