ARE THEY REALLY JUST STRETCHIN' ?

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ARE THEY REALLY JUST STRETCHIN' ?

Postby mark hay » March 17th, 2009, 3:06 am

we have all seen those birds , either hens or toms , when they stand up tall on their toes and spread their wings and give them a flap or two .
first , i don't recall ever seeing a LONE bird do this . it has always been when there is a group of birds.
i do not believe they are just stretching . i think it has more to do with pecking order or dominance. this past sunday afternoon i watched a gang of 12 males , of various age . one of the 2 yr. old toms did the stretch and flap . before he could fold up most of the other birds followed in like manner. but at least 2 of the longbeards did not do it .
later i watched another group of all longbeards . with the field glasses they looked like they were all the same age [ ? ] . it happened again . one started the stretch n flap and the rest followed his lead.
i recall at least once in the past when a jake did this and another jake went at him in bully fashion.
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RE: ARE THEY REALLY JUST STRETCHIN' ?

Postby SamuraiTater » March 17th, 2009, 3:26 am

    Makes sense to me.  Male Mallard ducks do the same thing during spring.  They follow the female around dipping their bill / head into the water.  She swims away and ignores them until she finally gets in the mood.  Eventually she'll give a quick dip of her bill into the water and the males go nuts flapping their wings in response.  Always seemed like a display of dominance to me.

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Postby tracebusta32 » March 17th, 2009, 4:15 am

Sunday afternoon at my mothers house a single hen was feeding at her bird feeders and it done the same thing so I don't know if it is some sort of posturing or just really stretchin lol
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Postby Ozarks Hillbilly » March 17th, 2009, 5:04 am

I wonder if maybe its like when we see someone yawn a lot of times it makes us feel the need to do so also.
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RE: ARE THEY REALLY JUST STRETCHIN' ?

Postby Fan Club » March 17th, 2009, 5:53 am

Although the dominance angle sounds cool, I think they are just stretching.
 
This morning, I watched a single gobbler stretch and flap after feeding under my birdfeeder. There were no other turkeys around to dominate or exert body language to.
 
My theory is that after feeding for a period, they get what amounts to a kink in their neck or between the shoulder blades and just need to stretch. Ditto for just coming off the roost after having a pair of wings folded on your back all night. There may be something to the yawn factor that Ozark mentioned, something akin to "that's a good idea, I need to stretch too."
 
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Postby tracebusta32 » March 17th, 2009, 6:30 am

Come to think of it, I do that myself [:)]
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Postby Ozarks Hillbilly » March 17th, 2009, 6:51 am

Fan Club that may be there way of letting there belt out a notch.
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RE: ARE THEY REALLY JUST STRETCHIN' ?

Postby mark hay » March 17th, 2009, 11:33 am

maybe turkeys can smell. might be one farted and they are all just trying to clear the airby flappin' .

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Postby Ozarks Hillbilly » March 17th, 2009, 12:22 pm

LOL, Mark thats a good one I just about spit out my water.
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RE: ARE THEY REALLY JUST STRETCHIN' ?

Postby SamuraiTater » March 17th, 2009, 5:03 pm

No, no, no, you've got it wrong.   There's a good reason hens yawn and stretch in the morning.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
....'Cause they don't have gonads to scratch. [;)]

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