Good enough Hen to Tom Ratio? Lost Tom To Raccoon

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by MontainBourbons, Feb 12, 2019 at 12:07 PM.

  1. MontainBourbons

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    Hello everyone, just last night I had trouble with a raccoon in the coop and of course, he took one of my only 2 toms. I currently have 25 hens but I believe that only 12 of them have been laying due to the time of year right now (only been getting 4-5 eggs a day). I remember hearing that one good tom can service up to 40 hens, but I am not totally sure if that is accurate.
    I am definitely going to order more chicks for my flock for the sake of diversity, but I was just wondering if the hens that I have currently will have good fertility considering there is only one tom left.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    Are we talking turkeys or chickens?
     
  3. MontainBourbons

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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

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    @R2elk may know better than me.

    Generally there's one dominant Tom in a flock, so he does all breeding. You may even get better coverage since there's not another Tom to interfere.
     
  5. MontainBourbons

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    Ok, I was just worried about a large number of hens with my flock. I'll check back in when I know the fertility rate afterward.
     
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  6. I would be more concerned about keeping the raccoon out....

    Good luck

    Gary
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    Especially a raccoon big enough to kill a Tom turkey. :oops:
     
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  8. MontainBourbons

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    I am taking care of that guy tonight.
    Either the trap or shotgun.
     
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  9. That does not secure the coop, there will be more.

    Good luck

    Gary
     
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  10. MontainBourbons

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    We did find out where it came in, just going to try to get that one that keeps coming.
     

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