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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by craigtaunya, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. craigtaunya

    craigtaunya Out Of The Brooder

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    Will toms fight to death? My 2 toms saw one another today for the first time and started fighting. I broke them up but took a good beating from thier wings.
     
  2. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine occasionally fight hard, but usually not very long.
     
  3. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    They can kill one another, but rarely do. They'll normally spar until the pecking order is worked out. Sparring can result in swollen closed eyes, torn snoods, bruised/abraded caruncles. We just make sure they are in the clear (not in garden or near sharp/heavy implements on which they might be impaled or squashed by if knocked over. We apply a mix of pine tar/plain neosporin to moderate the `snood pulling' and prevent potential infections.

    Ours have been getting it on before breeding season for the past 5 years and are none the worse for wear (loser will mope around for a couple of days afterwards looking/acting like he wants to die).

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  4. hitnrun

    hitnrun Out Of The Brooder

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    my grown toms spar constantly
     

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