Heritage turkeys are smaller than broad breasted turkeys, and they are not hybridized for massive meat production like the broad-breasted varieties are. Instead, they retain many of the natural wild turkey characteristics…and this means they can fly! Weren’t Mr. V. and I surprised to find them roosting in the branch (well over my head) of a juniper tree in the poultry run one evening! Yep! All five of them were sitting there together on their branch. I didn’t have my phone with me, or I would have taken a picture.
As they have gotten larger, they actually began to fly longer distances and higher too! We knew we had to do something or we were going to lose our turkeys over the fence to a predator like a coyote or bobcat, both of which are prevalent in this area. If not a coyote, then most surely to a neighborhood dog!