Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Old McDonald 27, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Old McDonald 27

    Old McDonald 27 In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2009
    HI! My royal palm babies are about 5-6 weeks old now(need to check the calender!) I have noticed that one of them is "hen chirping" Does that mean that it is a hen or is it just a phase they go thru???
  2. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    I don't know what you mean by "hen-chirping".

    Our first turkey poults chirped like crazy whenever they saw us. Of course we thought it was annoying and thought they were doing it 100 percent of the time. Finally figured out they were chirping at US! "...bring food, we're lonely, we like people company, etc, etc... "

    Once we let ours free-range it was more obvious that they didn't chirp unless they saw us. Then it was "hey chirp chirp chirp, the humans are here, let's go sit on them, chirp chirp chirp".
  3. paulinaydern

    paulinaydern In the Brooder

    May 23, 2009
    One of ours makes a sound like "Hursh, Hursh" like it has a nasal problem. The other peeps or chirps. The one that Hurshes, displays his feathers like a mini tom. I'm curious to watch them grow to see if I have a male and female.
  4. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    Quote:Of my 13 poults, I have two that have been doing the male strut, complete with displaying just like you described. Only the (hopefully) two mini-toms make the same nasal sound. Mine will be 5 weeks old on the 16th.

    Old Mcdonald... too bad we can't post sound recording on threads... I'd love to hear the hen-chirping that you're describing. Not sure if any of mine do that or not.
  5. Poupoulles

    Poupoulles Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Mayberry (really!)
    Mine are three weeks and just started making a sound that the turkey-call app on my phone describes as a "cluck and purr" which is the sound of contentment. I noticed on of them doing it today as he noshed on some fresh grass i tossed into their pen.

    Yes, I have a turkey call app. Yes I am a geek. and yes it worked when they all got loose and I played the "Adult Hen Assembly call" and the last two little runaways came right up. So there. [​IMG]

    Nerds unite! [​IMG]
  6. Old McDonald 27

    Old McDonald 27 In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2009
    It's hard to describe what I am talking about. It is kind of a high pitched chirp noise. My hen is the only one that does it....the tom never does. I am probably just wishfull thinking that it is a hen and my ears are playing tricks on me.... With my luck I probably have all toms!

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