October 2018

Vol. 46, No. 5

Field Note: Chicken Little?

Megara Bell

Wild Turkey poult. Photograph courtesy of the author.

My daughter Nora found a tiny, uninjured chick in the road in Newton Centre. So we asked around to find out if anyone had lost a chicken. We knocked on the neighbor's door and she answered and asked me, "Are you sure it's a chicken?" It turns out it wasn't a chicken, but a wee lost wild turkey.

Now you might look at this poult and say it doesn't look like a chick, but it looked a lot like a less than one-week-old chick to me. Rumor was it had been lost for a couple of days. Anyway, it wasn't going to fare well in the middle of the road, so we rescued it. My kids brought it a mirror and a hot pack in a sock to keep it company and that calmed the poult down. My mother Christine King, the proofreader for Bird Observer, and I brought it to New England Wildlife, where they had another lone poult. Now they can be buddies.

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