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Baby turkey hisses at me

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by newham0614, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. newham0614

    newham0614 Chirping

    Jul 26, 2010
    I don't think my baby likes me. It flares up and hisses when i try to pet it or pick it up. It has pecked me a little. It's a bourbon red. I don't want to get rid of it since i've only had it since saturday. How long will it take for the baby to come around?

  2. True Grit

    True Grit Songster

    I don't know turkeys but I do know that horses, dogs, and chickens can be bribed with carrots, anything, and mealworms, in that order. Good luck![​IMG]
  3. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    My turkeys and pheasants hiss at night when I walk by their pens in the dark. Totally normal. Just give the bird some time. These aren't puppies or kittens. They are much closer to a wild animal than a dog or cat, in terms of domestication.
  4. medan

    medan Songster

    Apr 1, 2010
    pick it up and hold it close to your heart it will chill I raised 6 bourbon reds they all did the same pecking and hissing at first they are very intelligent as turkeys go and they want to know about everything you do when they get older my flock follows me around and always wants to see whats up
  5. eggcited2

    eggcited2 Songster

    Jul 8, 2010
    Quote:Oh boy do they follow you around. [​IMG] Tommy and Gertie were right behind me every step. Tommy still is every where I am, even when food is put down. He follows me and only goes back to his food after I go in the house and am not out there. They were raised in a large pen and had more human contact.

    The new hen doesn't do it as much, but she is starting to follow me more. She was not penned up and totally free range, not much human contact.

    They are all free range here, but I think since Tommy still follows me, she is picking up on doing it. When I go outside, if he is not around but hears me, he will come to find me.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2010
  6. poetswings

    poetswings In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2016
    Charlotte, NC
    I have my first turkeys
    Royal palms, now about 2 weeks old..
    Poe, Annabelle and Lee
    Who knew one could love a turkey
    Hand fed, cuddle bugs around my neck to sleep..
    Spoiled rotton
    This will get interesting as the getter bigger, and Bigger, and BIGGER

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