The wild turkey was thriving before America was explored. Early in the sixteenth century explorers took wild turkeys from Mexico to Europe where they were successfully domesticated. The domestic turkeys did so well that early English settlers brought them back to America.
In the nineteenth century turkeys were over-hunted and their habitat lost to settlers. In the early twentieth century turkeys were eradicated in the north-eastern United States. In the 1940s large re-stocking efforts put wild turkeys back. Turkeys were captured in one area and re-introduced in another. The turkeys thrived and are now found in every state except Alaska.
The females raise the poults with no help from the males. Several females might live together and share the raising of the poults.
How lucky we are to see so many turkeys around our house. they are fascinating to watch and delightful to listen to.