Can a Turkey Swim?

Turkeys can swim feasibly as they are very adept swimmers.

This is made possible by the fact that they can move through water quite easily by tucking their wings in close, spreading their tails and kicking.

This posture allows them to streamline their bodies and then easily glide through water and become better swimmers.

While being good swimmers, wild turkeys can also run approximately 12 miles an hour and can easily complete a triathlon easily without any issues.

A turkey can swim as fast as 55 miles per hour and can easily glide through water without any issues.

Yes Turkeys Can Swim

Can a Turkey Swim?

The other day in my farm where I breed turkeys and other farm animals I was fortunate to witness them swimming

Here is what it looked like

First turkeys are at home in every natural element – earth, air and water

The old and fat birds easily get over, even should the river be a mile in breadth; but the younger and less robust frequently fall into the water, – not to be drowned, however, as might be imagined. 

They bring their wings close to their body, spread out their tail as a support, stretch forward their neck, and striking out their legs with great vigour, proceed rapidly toward the shore; on approaching which, should they find it too steep for landing, they cease their exertions for a few minutes, float down the stream until they come to an accessible part, and by a violent effort generally extricate themselves from the water

Poults [very young turkeys] swim surprisingly well. 

The attempted crossing of the Iowa River, where it was one hundred yards wide, by poults only a few days old, was witnessed. 

The hen flew across the river and, in response to her loud calls, twelve to fourteen young ran quickly down the bank and entered the water. 

Just before they reached the opposite bank the hen became frightened and, giving the alarm notes, flew back across the stream. 

The poults immediately turned back. 

On reaching the strongest part of the current, about half of them gave up and floated with the stream. 

These young were rescued from a boat and released after they became dry.”

In a similar situation, “a hen was observed calling excitedly to two poults in the water. 

Their age was estimated at ten days. 

The water was at least one hundred yards wide. 

The hen had evidently flown across and was calling her poults to her.” 

Another observer reports coming upon “a pair of adult turkeys with six poults three or four days old. 

The birds scattered and one of the poults walked along a fallen tree extending into a pond. 

On reaching the end of the tree, it entered the water and swam a distance of about thirty yards to the opposite shore. 

When picked up, it was cold and exhausted.”

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