What is a turkey’s nest I hear you ask? Yep, ok so I don’t hear you asking that question but I feel you should definitely know what a turkey’s nest is… it is riveting stuff so stay tuned. Oh and it has nothing to do with Turkeys which is unfortunate because I love a good feed of turkey.
So strap yourself in because this is going to blow your mind. A turkey’s nest is in fact basically just an above ground dam of sorts. See – you are impressed aren’t you?! Now, lets talk water storage because that really floats my boat… ha ha ha – you see what I did there.
This is a turkey’s nest:
Look at those cute little ducks there. So as I said, it is kind of like an above ground dam…. the sides are built up, a bore is drilled, pipes & a motor are installed and bob’s your uncle. We have a dedicated bore runner who’s sole job it is to keep all of our turkey’s nest full of water (post on the bore runner to come). The water is pumped from the turkey’s nests into troughs, this could be one or a few troughs, depending how many paddocks surround the turkey’s nest.
This photo below shows an aerial shot of a turkeys nest (the round thing) and if you look very closely to the right and left you can see the troughs and even some cattle coming in for a drink…. you may have to squint.
Once the turkey’s nest is built it is then fenced to prevent cattle getting into the enclosure and around the bore/motor ensemble. The water lying to the side of the turkey’s nest is called the burrow pit, this where the dirt was taken from to form the sides of the TN (I am so sick of saying Turkey’s Nest so have created my own acronym). The water in the burrow pit (in the picture above) is from the overflow of the TN. If the nest gets too full before the motor either runs out of diesel or gets turned off the water goes out a pipe and into the burrow pit. Look here is what the nest looks like just after it has been built…
Oh dear lord, I am sitting here in shock…. how the hell do I even know any of this, seriously. WTF (Mum that means “Why the face”). What the hell is happening to me people… I am scared. Don’t tell me my next calling in life is Bore Running. What a treat that would be.
Ok back to the riveting topic: TN….
In the picture below you can see the cattle standing around the burrow pit and the TN in the background.
Ok, I think that will do for today, don’t you? I am happy to take questions because I know you are probably all just wetting your pants with excitement over this post… just calm down, take a deep breath and ask me anything you like because it turns out I am quite the expert on water storage in the outback, ha ha ha ha.
Have a great Wednesday my friends.