These little guys may be young, but they are already capable fliers. It only takes 8 to 10 days from hatching for a turkey to be able to fly. As soon as they can fly, the hen takes her brood into the trees at night to roost.
It surprises me that these turkey families can spend as much as an hour wandering around the lawn without attracting any hawks. We have a resident Cooper’s Hawk pair that make quick work of any unwary Mourning Dove or Blue Jay in the yard. It seems to me that these little turkeys would make an ideal meal. Maybe I think that just because I would prefer to eat turkey.
It may appear that the hen is conducting lessons in proper grooming, but this is not the case. Grooming is an instinctual behavior that the young would learn even if raised apart from any adults. From the hen, the young will learn the boundaries of the territory they will inhabit. They also learn the most likely places to search for the food they’ll need to survive.
The grooming session makes it appear that a troupe of contortionists has taken up residence in the yard. Or it could be the turkey equivalent of yoga. These excursions into the yard usually take place in the early morning. The yard may be one of the few open places that the young turkeys can go to dry the morning dew out of their feathers. When they get a little bit older, the morning visits will stop.