“My Life as a Turkey” Follows Hatchlings Through Adulthood (VIDEO)

My Life as a Turkey, a PBS documentary that originally aired November 16, 2011, chronicles Joe Hutto and his truly exceptional experience supporting a group of turkey hatchlings from the moment they were left on his porch by a local farmer until they reached adulthood.

During the season when millions of innocent birds are killed for consumption in holiday celebrations, this is a touching look at a gang of turkeys who were fortunate enough to have a much more loving life. Below is the trailer. The full documentary is viewable here where you may also purchase it on DVD.


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Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

many thanks

Susan Griffiths
Susan Griffiths3 years ago

How beautiful.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Bill K.
Bill K.3 years ago

turkeys are cool birds

Lilithe Magdalene

OK. That is just the darndest, cutest thing I have seen today! I am so going to go watch the documentary - thank you for posting this!!

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim3 years ago

Beautiful video.

clara H.
Clara Hamill3 years ago

I saw the documentary and I thought it was good but he was getting a little odd toward the end not being around humans does that to you though. I liked the end when he was attacked my his own turkey it's not a pet it's a wild animal.

John Mansky
John Mansky3 years ago

Thank you for the article...

Lyn V.
Lyn v.3 years ago

I live in a forested area north of Brisbane. The wild turkeys have loads of bushland around me but they prefer to annoy and destroy my garden. Why wont they stay in the bushland around me and leave me and my garden alone

Marianna B M.