I'm working at a petting farm this month (only open three times a year for about a month each time) and am assumed to be the resident bird expert because I have a lot of chicken and duck knowledge. But I don't know anything about turkeys and our turkeys have been getting really aggressive in the last week. I was wondering if this was normal if there were any suggestions besides sequestering anyone. We have one pen that I man that has chickens, a pair of stray turkeys that come and go and pretty much mind their own business, and 5 young Emden geese that were re-located after the turkeys attached them and made their necks very bloody. I work there. The other pen, which I would say is a few hundred square feet, has about 20 turkeys (Royal Palm, Bourbon Red, and Black) and a dozen or so ducks of different breeds. The turkeys are mostly young, about 6 months or so, but I guess the big struttingToms are probably from last year. I can't say for sure how many of them are boys I know there are AT LEAST 3 older toms, and I'm guessing another 4 or 5 tom teenagers. The ducks are maybe half drakes but they all get along with each other. I was surprised when I went to the turkey and duck pen how curious and assertive the turkeys were, investigating all my clothes and jewelry and not being terrified of little kids who would chase them and do little kid things to them. But the ducks are so intimidated by the turkeys, nobody can get near them and they can hardly get to the treats I give them. In the last week, the turkeys have gotten pretty violent with the other birds and even each other. We removed the Emden geese. The other day they pecked the curuncles on the top of the Muscovy drake's head so it looked like a bloody pulp. Yesterday they were running after and biting a crested Pekin female duck and she was limping. When I removed her, they started chasing attacking anothe Pekin. If none of us workers were in the pen, they continued to chase after random ducks. They have also singled out some other turkeys to pick on and they are just so brutal. I haven't been able to discrern how many of the turkeys are the bullies or even for sure if it's just the females doing it. But we're having to separate so many birds to sick bay it's getting out of hand. We're only open another week. I know the owners are open to selling whatever turkeys anyone wants to buy but they generally keep the birds from year to year for petting. I was wondering if maybe the birds were aggressive because they didn't have enough wandering room. But workers who have been there for several years say they've never had this problem with other flocks of turkeys before and they've used the same size pens. So is this behavior normal for turkeys? Is there anything we can do? I want to move the ducks out but there might not be enough room in the chicken area, and that doesn't solve the aggression amongst the turkeys. BTW, this fighting isn't mutual fighting between 2 birds, like I see with roosters. And it doesn't look to me like confused mating behavior either. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. I feel really bad for the ducks and geese especially. Also, I had been thinking of getting a pair of turkeys for myself. But are they just so assertive in general that my ducks and chickens will be scared away?