Help Me Pick My Tom...

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Hey all! I have raised BBW turkeys for meat the last couple years now. I really enjoyed having them around so I decided to get some Bourbon Reds.

I have 5 total. Lucked out with 3 jennies and 2 jakes, they are almost 6 months. My question is how to choose which tom to keep? Canadate #1. He is a beauty. He is dark red and his markings are great. Shows no aggression to people but has been picking on the dogs. Also has started fighting more with the other Jake who is about 2 weeks younger. It doesn't last long and hasn't been any injuries. The younger Jake always submits. Candidate #2 he is not as impressive in coloring or pattern. He will join in when the other Jake attacks the dog but he never starts it. More shy and reserved than the other drake.

I have noticed when it comes to chasing off the dogs it is really 2 that do it. Canadate #1 and one of his 2 broodmates. I got 3 poults from one breeder 2 from another. Ended up with a Jake from both places. So that means canadate #2 would be better for the gene pool. Him and his broodmate are both quite and a little shy.

So there it is. I have one tom who is gorgeous but kind of a jerk. And one that is not very impressive but quiet and shy. But who's to say it won't change once I get rid of the competition. I don't need a tom I can cuddle. I just don't want one that attacks me or my kids. They are older 7 and 9 but still.

BTW whoever is not chosen will be the guest of honor at Thanksgiving this year
Canadate #1
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Canadate#2
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Hey all! I have raised BBW turkeys for meat the last couple years now. I really enjoyed having them around so I decided to get some Bourbon Reds.

I have 5 total. Lucked out with 3 jennies and 2 jakes, they are almost 6 months. My question is how to choose which tom to keep? Canadate #1. He is a beauty. He is dark red and his markings are great. Shows no aggression to people but has been picking on the dogs. Also has started fighting more with the other Jake who is about 2 weeks younger. It doesn't last long and hasn't been any injuries. The younger Jake always submits. Candidate #2 he is not as impressive in coloring or pattern. He will join in when the other Jake attacks the dog but he never starts it. More shy and reserved than the other drake.

I have noticed when it comes to chasing off the dogs it is really 2 that do it. Canadate #1 and one of his 2 broodmates. I got 3 poults from one breeder 2 from another. Ended up with a Jake from both places. So that means canadate #2 would be better for the gene pool. Him and his broodmate are both quite and a little shy.

So there it is. I have one tom who is gorgeous but kind of a jerk. And one that is not very impressive but quiet and shy. But who's to say it won't change once I get rid of the competition. I don't need a tom I can cuddle. I just don't want one that attacks me or my kids. They are older 7 and 9 but still.

BTW whoever is not chosen will be the guest of honor at Thanksgiving this year
Canadate #1
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Canadate#2 View attachment 2846294
Personally I choose dominants over subordinates given everything else being equal. Subordinates that get a reprieve from the dominants can turn out to be even worse in their temperament once what is keeping them subordinate is removed.
 

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