My d'Uccle came to me as hatching eggs, but I do not remember their size.You'll be surprised when you see the size of the egg. I wondered if the eggs belonged to one of my other birds but it wasn't possible to come from one of the others since the pair lived alone.
We talked a little about this last year. According to scientists, Guineas were the first watch animal for humans and that relationship while not true domestication, goes back to cave people days. Because they fit so well in their evolutionary niche, Guineas have remained unchanged for four million years.How about 5th century BC. At least that's what some evidence shows for domestication.
I guess you don't breed out the wild in Guineas.
They didn't need to change and did not have domestication genes, apparently. Cats are somewhat similar, they didn't need humans but the ancient Assyrians and Egyptians needed them to guard the grain from mice. There is some current domestication gene research being done with foxes. Anyway, it's a thing. I wonder if that's why turkey behavior appears so strange to us sometimes.Not even close. It's what has me confused at this point. If they've been a part of close human life for so many years why are they still very much the bird out of Africa.
Look at what duck, geese, chickens and turkeys have become under the care of humans for so long.
The Easterns certainly do have some interesting behaviors. In the past my other heritage turkey breeds seemed more domesticated.You've got a point and can actually see differences with your turkeys. I don't remember if you have others besides the Eastern but I'll bet there's easily spotted differences between them and other domesticated turkeys where behavior is concerned.
They are larger than I expected for such a small bird! They’re the equivalent of.... hmm.You'll be surprised when you see the size of the egg. I wondered if the eggs belonged to one of my other birds but it wasn't possible to come from one of the others since the pair lived alone.