I'm new to the turkey world!
I recently purchased two Royal Palm Turkey Poults (approx 2 weeks old).
When I first brought them home just on Friday, I had them in a larger rubbermaid bin as their brooder.
We noticed that the larger poult was pecking the beak of the smaller poult - particularly around feeding time.
I figured maybe their living quarters were too cramped, so I moved them into an XL dog crate - the black kind with the bars.
They now have much more living space. I moved their heat lamp a big higher as well as they were roosting on the sides of their rubbermaid bin, so I assumed maybe the heat was too much for them (which I also read could provoke aggressive pecking).
Needless to say, they now have the larger living quarters, two roosting options, shiney marbles in their water and food to encourage them to continue eating and drinking.
That said, I noticed this evening that the larger poult is still pecking at the beak of the smaller poult.
He doesn't appear to be pulling out feathers, or pecking at the head, wings or vent of the other bird - strictly the beak??
Any thoughts on how to redirect this pecking?
I know I can snip his beak, but I wanted to try other options first.
Is there anything I can put into their living quarters to entertain them? (I heard boredom can provoke aggressive tendencies in turkey as they are very curious).
I just started adding chick grit to their feed so that I can occasionally add unique food items to their environment (different greens).
Any thoughts on how to curb the pecking would be greatly appreciated.
There has been no bleeding on the smaller bird, but I'd like to stop the pecking asap.