We raised 1000s of birds for the farm market business I owned -chicken, ducks, turkeys, geese, etc. I love turkeys! They’re my favorite. Have never found them to be particularly noisy. They don’t crow, or screech or anything like guinea or peafowl do. They usually have medium-to-lower pitched voices. The toms do gobble – I once had 6 broadbreasted bronze toms that loooooved to gobble at their reflection in the truck bumper. Both toms & hens will make a sort of chirpping noise similar to that of a cat when they want to get your attention. I can sleep through roosters crowing 10’ from the bedroom window. Yet the sound of guinea fowl screetching makes me
Any hunter who has matched wits with a wild Tom will attest to the fact turkeys aren’t dumb. Imo, they caught their bad rap through a combination of the poults being very delicate AND very inquisitive about the world around them. They also grow extremely fast & you must remain cognizant that their diet is on point at all times in order to support that insane rate of growth. Your turkey-proofing strategy must also be constantly evolving to keep up. Look hard around the brooding area every few days. Bigger stronger babies = the ability to get into new & different sources of danger. To that end, the people who are most successful at raising baby turkeys aren’t people. They’re adult turkeys. They’re generally excellent parents. If you can manage it, letting a turkey hen hatch out babies makes your part of the job 1000% easier than it is with babies in a brooder.
Hmmm. What else? Once they reach adulthood they are badasses & predators are far less apt to mess with them than they would chickens or ducks. Somewhere I have a video of our turkey squad running down a 6’ rat snake. I’ve raised both heritage & production breeds & enjoy the personality traits of both. The latter can be more novice-friendly. Yet I find the differances in character to be far less pronounced between heritage & production turkeys than it is with heritage & production breed chickens.
I’ve always had much better luck raising production breed turkeys & chickens than most. Even the freakazoid Jumbo Cornish X chickens. I love them because they’re so chill compared to heritage chickens. I affectionately refer to them as my Attack Marshmallows or the Peace-Loving Chonks. My secret is benign neglect + feeding a diet that is the complete opposite of what everyone says to do . Everyone gets treated like a normal turkey or chicken. The production breed babies learn to hustle & forage right along with their heritage cousins. Moat sources will tell you to feed them low protein & restrict calories. I did just that exactly once & quickly decided never again. I feed them the highest % protein ration I can reasonably afford. Sometimes mixing gamebird starter into their turkey starter to boost the protein content. Everyone’s feed is taken up at night. Otherwise, I don’t try to restrict their calories. They go out & run around chasing bugs & nibbling grass all day with the occasional pit stop for prepared feed just like the heritage birds.
Hope that helps! Have fun if you get them!