- Aug 6, 2012
Rotten kids!: . I had problems getting my girls to bed tonight. Got the chickens in their coop. Usually i hang with the turkeys for a bit. They go to bed later than the chickens. )And they sleep in later.) They usually follow me to their coop. Tonight they stood around staring at me. It turned into ring around the coop. No idea what the heck was going through their beady little brains! It was a coordinated act of civil disobedience on their part!
I had to put a new sewer system in at my Mothers house. We have two houses on this farmstead. They are a couple hundred feet apart.
This morning an electrician came to hook up the lift pump. ( Minnesota law will not let me even wire the ends together because my Mom "rents" from me and it is a rental house.)
The electrician was freaked out a tad, he had 8 turkeys standing around watching him work. With the Toms running around him having a snood pulling contest...
I have chickens and turkeys together and the chickens appear to be attacking the turkeys. I have 3 toms and one hen and the hen lays down to protect herself but the toms are too proud to sit and too aloof to fight apparently. The chickens have completely denuded their butts and one has a very deep wound which I presume is due to the chickens actually eating it's flesh. Can these toms be butchered safely? I'm going to take them to a processer because I don't have a scalding pot large enough for them and don't want to build a funnel that large either. The denuding is not likely a threat but the one wound is deep and may have some infection in it.
I had a rooster for a while but I have a no-rooster rule so he is gone now but I wonder if he may have started the carnage? If this is going to be a common problem with them I will simply eliminate the turkeys and keep just the chickens. My wife wanted some turkey eggs but the stores don't sex them like the chickens so we got toms instead of hens. The hen seems to be healthy and not bothered yet and she is friendly and eats out of my hand and lets me pick her up so I'll keep her as a pet. The toms are skittish. They are funny to watch. When one gobbles they all gobble together except the hen. She has her own language.