Our turkey flock is hovering on the nuisance category. they eat crickets etc. but then take dust baths where the garden is now free of weeds. they think the weeding was just to clear a spot for baths (not really but it seems that way). smaller plants go flying so we put wire over newly lined out seedlings. We mainly have the hens & their chicks so have not had to deal with an aggresive tom.
I'm glad you and the turkeys seem to be working it out... my brother refers to them (not in a kind way) as "raccoons with wings." I think they're wonderful birds, but I'm not sure I'd want to deal with them in the yard every day. :-)
Well, since I already have free range chickens and ducks,
I'm ready for turkeys, maybe. My veg garden is fenced, but I do
sometimes let the birds in there to scratch and eat, and I have wire
to put over sections where I don't want them to go. The perennial
flower borders is protected with logs lying on the ground. I have
also found that you can lay chicken wire over an area of mulched
ground, and just put logs around the edge of the area, and that
looks nice because the chicken wire is invisible.
It is too bad about children being unable to play on a clean lawn,
though! I suppose folks will invent various solutions, but in the
meantime perhaps we should harvest and eat those turkeys.
When I lived just outside Woodward, OK we put corn kernels on the ground for the quail and mourning doves near my many bird feeders. We had a 6 ft wooden privacy fence around the whole backyard. One cold morning I looked outside the kitchen window just in time to see 3 of wild turkeys come flying over the fence! They thoroughly enjoyed the corn, then took their leave. I thought they might come back, but never did see them again.
So my one time exposure to the wild turkey was a very pleasant one ^_^