A wild hen turkey does not mind socializing with humans, as Mel and Donnie Kelly have found out.

The bird just literally came knocking on their front door of their home near Yountsville about two weeks ago.

“The first night she was here she pecked on the door as if she wanted to come inside,” Mel Kelly said and laughed. “I looked up and there was a wild turkey looking in my home. Then she tried to get in through a window.”

The bird, which the Kellys call “Turkey,” does not have any set patterns for schedules.

“I found out she has visited all my neighbors,” Mel said. “She will disappear for a few days and then return.”

Mel has been able to get close to the turkey without the bird showing any signs of stress.
“She pretty much does what she wants to,” Mel said.

Mel has photographed the turkey sitting in his porch swing, and sitting close to the cat near the front door. At night, the turkey has used the Kellys roof for a sleeping perch.

The cat, which the couple named “Cat,” wandered upon the Kelly’s property about two years ago and stayed.
The turkey is picky when it comes to a specific food she loves — shelled corn.

“My daughter (Mindy Poole), who rehabilitates animals, gave me some corn mixed with bird seed to feed the turkey,” Mel said. “The turkey would not touch the corn and bird seed mixture. She will eat, if she’s hungry, shelled hard corn my wife and I throw out to her.”

The local Indiana conservation officer knows of the turkey’s presence. It is not confined and comes and goes as it pleases, Mel said.
Mel hopes the turkey gets tired and finds a new location to hang out. He is concerned his garden crops, like tomatoes, would be too tempting for the turkey to pass up.

“When the tomatoes are ripe I may have problem,” Kelly said. “We’re not going to do anything to encourage her to stay.”