I have a small flock of a few (10-15) chicken, a geese couple and a turkey hen, all very well tempered and going along pretty well.
I was given the opportunity to purchase a bourbon red tom (the hen I already have is another, commercial variety), about 8-10 weeks old and I am considering it.
I have never kept turkeys for breeding before, just individual birds for brooding purposes, would a tom usually grow to be aggressive? Would his presence seriously interfere with the pecking order in the entire flock?
Plans are to see how things are going this year and purchase a bourbon hen later for breeding purposes and not expanding the turkey flock any further. The birds overnight in different pens but all mingle around when they free range at their designated area..
Would it perhaps be a better idea to get a second hen instead now and opt for a tom later on?
I would really like to keep just a pair of well tempered turkeys together with the rest of the flock, selling away their offspring if any, and not currently interested in turkey meat production.