Turkey Creche

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Subject: Turkey Creche
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2016 12:11:09 +0000
It is not uncommon at this time of year in SEQ to see turkey creches - in the 
absence of parental supervision, the young turks like to form mutual support 
groups.  A couple of weeks ago, I was passing through the closest compatible 
turkey habitat to the Brisbane GPO when I noticed a turkey chick confidently 
scratching away.  I stopped to watch it, and became aware that there was 
another nearby, and another and another - there were 4 chicks, all a few days 
old within a space of 10 metres.  This was odd, as normally there is a bit of 
an age gap between the chicks.  In this case, the chicks were presumably laid 
around the same time (I always thought females only laid one egg per mound 

I passed through the same park today, the chicks had all survived and were 
noticeably larger (though still with brown heads).  However, their number had 
swelled to 6 - by far the largest creche I have seen, and quite impressive for 
a site that is two blocks from the GPO.  Either the city predators are poor 
hunters or the chicks are roosting in the trees.

Regards, Laurie.
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