Royal Palm Turkey Feathers
Lydia's "girlie", our Royal Palm Turkey we hatched this spring, has been cracking us up all day as she reacts in an rather unorthodox manner to my husband the hunter's new iPod Touch application that plays various turkey calls. She has taught us several things today. When her reaction to the "calls" caused her to strut like a tom, we thought maybe she was actually a he. I did some Swagbuckling and learned that when confronted a hen turkey will strut! Left wondering if she was a he, I continued to research and learned that the scat between a tom and a hen are shaped differently! (Sorry, the home educator in me finds that fascinating :D ) Males are "J" shaped, and females are "S" shaped. "Girlie" had a few detectives following it for a little while and the mystery was finally solved. Girlie is able to retain her name - she is indeed a girl!