I'm new to raising poultry and have been using this site to get helpful info over the last several months. Today I created an ID to post to this form because I need help. When searching the interet for "aggressive turkey" I'm getting news articles on the country!
We got our very first turkey last September, a 4 month old chocolate heritage tom. He joined the flock of 5 golden comets and 3 pekin ducks. Everything was wonderful for the first 2 months. Tom was like a pet. He joined us for evening walks, he hung out with us by the grill and joined us in badminton. This all changed around thanksgiving when he showed assertiveness towards the 7 and 12 year old. Within a couple weeks the kids are not allowed anywhere near him and he then became aggressive towards me. Holding a stick works wonders but he is smart. The moment I put the stick down he charges. My husband seemed to be his last human friend until a few days back. Now, he will charge him even with a stick in his hand!
A bit about how he is raised: up until a couple weeks back he lived in the coop with the chickens and ducks. We finally separated him into a large living area because his degrading behavior made it difficult for me to navigate the coop. The only thing separating him from the others is chicken wire. He loves the chickens and is quite protective of them so during the day, they all hang out together to freerange.
The chickens and ducks are on an organic diet. Tom was too until yesterday when I found an article that suggests aggression can be linked to diet. We switched him to a natural food that has the sodium, niacin and B12 levels that the article recommends. It has only been 1 day so too soon to tell. What we have noticed though is that since he has been separated he doesn't seem to be eating or drinking much. I can't tell if this is a new or existing issue since they previously shared everyone's feed bowls and Tom has never eaten when I'm in watching distance.
At this point I do not know if this is normal or perhaps he is sick or desperately needs female companionship. I would appreciate any advice from the Turkey Experts!