At what age do a tom start to gobble?????

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by black star, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. black star

    black star Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 standard bronze toms , they are about 5 months and just wondering .At what age do a tom start to gobble?????
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

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    My young ones don't gobble unless I sit and make noises to excite them, they are a bit over 3 months. Another month or so and they will be gobbling a lot.
     
  4. Hardemans

    Hardemans Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some 8 week old Narragansett poults. They are already doing a "pre puberty" gobble. Kinda funny to hear.
     
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  5. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    My neighbors Tom gobbled for the first time the other day when I was at his house. He's 3 1/2 months old. Mine is 4 months with no gobble. Sigh. I tried playing YouTube for him and he freaked out running all over and pecking the other turkey (female). I'm questioning his gender. Lol
     
  6. sktlmt

    sktlmt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Bourbon Red Tom is 4 months and still chirps... No gobble. He is uninterested in my 2 bourbon red hens and my broad breasted bronze hen. He keeps going for my naked neck hens. They are not enjoying his attention as he will crush them!
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

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    Are you saying you are housing chickens with turkeys? Was the male raised with chickens? Turkeys that imprint or become too familiar with chickens can be deadly to them.
     
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  8. sktlmt

    sktlmt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I have 1 tom and 3 hens being raised in a flock of hens and roosters. The young Tom imprinted on my alpacas and mostly follows them around.
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

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    I did that once, than the toms killed a rooster during a dominance fight. I no longer let them bond to chickens. Turkeys often will see everyone as the same species. Turkeys are emotional birds that will fight for days on end sometimes. I personally would separate out your turkeys before you end up with problems. I tend to be over cautious, but turkeys are strong birds.
     
  10. sktlmt

    sktlmt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will keep my eye on him. So far he is a big love but once the hormones kick in it could be a different story. They have 2+ acres of roam space and everyone but the Tom go into the coop at night. He sits on the fence...
     
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