Originally Posted by Starkmojo
The other question I have is when should I attempt to get he a new boyfriend? now that I am back in the turkey breeding game I would like to get a regular crop of turkeys going. Line breeding seems like a bad idea, as is simply letting her go off and mate with the local wildlife all the time.
One of the things I noticed about my old tom and the hen was she was way more self sufficient than he was, and less imprinted on humans. I mean she's nice and all, but she prefers forage to feed and spent most of the day out in the fields, while tom hung with the chickens and my back porch. Maybe what I need is a male that's more like her?
Your tom's patterns were most likely due to imprinting. Almost all birds, especially turkeys, imprint very easily. Imprinting is caused in the very early stages right after hatching. Limiting human contact (don't hold and fuss over newly hatched poults) early on and preferably letting a hen raise them will allow the poults to learn that they are turkeys and will prevent them from thinking that people are also turkeys.
Your hen is an excellent candidate to have raise poults that will act the way that you want them to act. Once the turkeys are well grown they can be taught to accept human interaction with them without them becoming imprinted.