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

“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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3:32PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

many thanks

10:56AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

How beautiful.

6:48AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

thanks for sharing :)

5:12AM PST on Dec 8, 2011

turkeys are cool birds

9:42AM PST on Dec 5, 2011

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!!

5:45PM PST on Dec 3, 2011

Beautiful video.

10:44AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

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.

7:05AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

Thank you for the article...

2:43AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

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

2:04AM PST on Dec 3, 2011


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