Richard never ceases to amaze me. I can watch this dude for hours on end, he enthralls me, his antics are nothing short of incredible.
I was watching him the other day, as he was watching me. I noticed something really strange about his snood. Now, go figure, if "snood" isn't the weirdest word in the the world, well then, I don't know what is.
It appeared to me that his snood is growing feathers on the end of it. I have never noticed feathers on the snood before, maybe it is to keep it warm. Now, for those of you that know turkeys, you know the amazing ability of the snood. For those that don't know what a snood can do, well, you are in for a little story here.
The snood of a turkey is a weird part of the bird. It lives on the birds nose. It must be used for intimidation or to show off to the girls. No clue which one, but I suspect both. It is a magnificent hangy down thing that changes in shape from moment to moment. For the most part I would say that it is a hangy down thing. But then in a mere moment in time, this hangy down thing can turn into what I would equate to a unicorn's horn.
The females have a snood too, but it is not nearly as big as the tom's. The tom child of Richards (I think the other two are females) is getting quite a long snood now. They are coming up four months old now and looking pretty cool.
The turkeys are quite amazing birds, and I am certainly glad that a flock of turkeys are being raised, little by little, to share my chickenyard critters. Enjoy this picture of Richard, my beautiful bronze tom. Have a most wonderful and awesome day, Cindi