Do Turkeys Hate Santa?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by silenthawk2x3, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. silenthawk2x3

    silenthawk2x3 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 13, 2015
    I know its a little past Christmas, but this morning I woke up late to let out the birds and haul out water. This isn't an issue except that in my rush to release everyone I stuck on my big "ugly" red Christmas sweater. We have ten blue slates with seven jakes and three hens, all about nine months old. Obviously we plan on butchering six of the beasties, but as of yet they haven't put on enough weight to make that worthwhile. Usually they are very nice turkeys and though they dont exactly like being man-handled, they will tolerate it. That being said they went absolutely berserk this morning. They are all fighting, slamming eachother into walls, destroying the feeders and terrifying my geese, ducks, and bantam chickens who all utilize the same run coop complex on days its not warm enough to be free ranging. Did me in my red santa sweater set them off or is it the BALMY 24°F Western New York is now experiencing?
  2. dragonthehunter

    dragonthehunter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2016
    New brunswick Canada
    Red sets poultry off like it does to bulls
  3. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2016
    34.560847, -81.154203
    My Coop
    So I haven't been imagining things? I've been using a red plastic coffee can to hold the poop that I scoop out of the roost trays each day, and I noticed that whenever I toss it into the pen after I'm done the rooster goes all George Forman on the poor thing. It's actually rather humorous to watch.

    P.S. Bulls are not angered by the color red, it's the motion that sets them off.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2017
  4. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2013
    if you think about look at color a toms head and neck turns when he is fighting or agitated. Blood red.

    it's basically a challenge color.

    and if one gets riled up I doesn't take much for the rest to try and join the party.
  5. R2elk

    R2elk Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming
    Wearing different colored clothing than normal has been known to set off both turkeys and guineas. With some it is the color red and with others it can be the color blue. The main issue is that it is different than what is normal.

    @memphis has a turkey that takes offense to hats.
  6. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 6, 2012
    Yes! Annie hates hats. She'll scream an alarm until the offensive hat is removed! All my turkeys are fashion critics. :rolleyes:
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  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I watched a show once called When Turkeys Attack, everyone getting attacked by a turkey wore the same color of blue shirt. As stated turkeys react to the colors expressed on the head, blue red and white. So apparently you insulted your turkeys with your shirt color.
  8. R2elk

    R2elk Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming
    I had heard of the blue issue before and even have a neighbor who experienced it. For myself, since I always wear blue, I have never had the color blue be an issue with any of my poultry.
  9. Feathyr

    Feathyr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2014
    Mine are all convinced that hats, gloves and shoes are terrible monsters that need to be destroyed. [​IMG]

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