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Young turkeys rejecting a sibling?

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I just joined today  and i seriously need some advice on their behaviors.

First off today i had to go to work early so i had my mother come over to take care of my chickens and such, She had notice one of six of our turkeys was missing, She then searched the enclosure to find it hiding between the coop and the fencing, she then noted it wouldn't stand up, so she picked it up and placed it on the small patio like portion of the coop i had made, As she was getting water for them she then saw the bigger turkey had begun to peck at the poor ones head, she redirected the bigger one but it just went back and continued, I came home to find that my mother had placed the injured turkey in my old dog kennel with hay, Food and water, But the turkey won't eat or drink, However i've managed to feed to some bread, Often placing it in water so it can swallow the bread.


I really need help, i might be able to provide pictures of said turkeys, but i checked the one currently under my care and he has no visible wounds and it's feces is normal in color.
We do have a small bantam rooster, he's pretty young but he causes no harm to the turkeys whatsoever.

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Turkeys will peck to death any unwell or injured turkeys so be careful, are they fighting for dominance, mine will go at it, then the winner will harass the loser for a long time, how old and what sex are they , a little more information is needed.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

Turkeys will peck to death any unwell or injured turkeys so be careful, are they fighting for dominance, mine will go at it, then the winner will harass the loser for a long time, how old and what sex are they , a little more information is needed.


They normally don't fight for dominance since they are only 5 months of age, I believe both are males due to how they act but i could be wrong, Otherwise i am rather unsure of their genders.
I've been watching the turkey who was being harassed and it seems to try and stand up but can't, The kennel it is in is rather large and tall for their current size, And i've just recently got it to eat and drink, I am rather curious if it broke it's leg somehow?

My apologies for the lack of information.
 

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Mine are four months and there has been a few mini fights, nothing serious. Perhaps he injured himself jumping off of something. I had one injure his leg a few years back, he never got any better and the others were trying to peck at him, we eventually put him down. Good luck with it, time and rest.
Edited by oldhenlikesdogs - 10/17/15 at 5:53pm
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

Mine are four months and there has been a few mini fights, nothing serious. Perhaps he injured himself jumping off of something. I had one injure his leg a few years back, he never got any better and the others were trying to peck at him, we eventually put him down. Good luck with it, time and rest.


Alright, Thanks for the help and advice!

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