How loud are turkeys?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by newchickmom09, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    ARIZONA
    We have a friend that raises turkeys and they are very very loud. Anytime you go by there pen the toms start going off "gobble gobble gobble" loud. Is this something that is typical of turkeys, are the poults quieter? Where they just going crazy because someone new was looking at them? Hubby was thinking about getting a few (3) turkeys and wanted to gather some more opinions.

    We have ducks and our female can quack as loud as our roosters could crow... is there noise level close to female ducks and roosters or different?
     
  2. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't own any, but our friend owns several... I don't know their official name, but I call them the "Drum Turkeys" because not only do they gobble, but they have a really deep drum like sound. It's crazy sounding! I don't know that I've ever heard a quiet turkey.

    This is all coming from someone who likes turkeys to eat... otherwise they creep me out a little. [​IMG] Hehe
     
  3. hobbyfarmrookie

    hobbyfarmrookie Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have not had a tom but I had two hens that I raised from 3 weeks until about 28 weeks (Thanksgiving) and they were super quiet.
     
  4. lleighmay

    lleighmay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 Narragansetts. The tom gobbles occasionally in response to surprising noises ("shock gobble" my hunter BIL tells me). My hens chirp and make quiet noises when they are following me around or trying to persuade me to give them extra treats. I have noticed (since I don't have many visitors) that all three become alarmed and much louder if someone they don't know comes on the property and wanders down around the pens. The dogs and goats have no apparent effect on them at all. Overall I wouldn't say they're loud- the demanding ducks and competing roos are much louder.
     
  5. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    I wouldn't say they are any louder than a rooster.

    Steve in NC
     
  6. lishah2000

    lishah2000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine are pretty quiet. Not as loud as the ducks. The tom only gobbles at loud or strange sounds. The hen can be a little loud in the morning when she is excited, but still not as loud as the ducks. All in all I find them to be pretty quiet. I love all the sounds the hen makes.
     
  7. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first 10 poults were LOUD! Then we realized that it was just every time we opened the front door that they were talking loud to us. We thought they were loud all the time, but turns out they were calling us over. When we went over they quieted down right away. That's how friendly they were. They are "talking" to you.

    But if you are thinking turkeys will be quiet, that is not necessarily the case. During hatching season, my hens make a lot of early morning noise...trying to find each other after they've each been off at a nest. Or, one that was sitting on the nest has disociated from the flock and when the rest see her, they chirp chirp chirp very loud because she is now a "stranger" turkey. grrrr.
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2009
  8. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    My turks only gobble when there's some strange sound or some strange person running around. When Jefferson gets out and wanders around the farm they all chirp at her to come back and of course she has to chirp back to tell them all about the wondrous things she's finding, etc, etc, etc,....but like Steve said it's no louder than the chickens.
     
  9. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    What you heard, is what you'll get. I love it, but they do tend to "shock gobble" a lot, meaning and sound , or visual stimulus will make them gobble, and whne 1 does it, they'll all do it. Hens go both ways, usually not much out of them til breeding til, then you'll get a lot of clucking and purring. But like Steve said, nothing any worse than chickens or duck hens. I actaully like it, them and the peafowl SCREAMS!
     
  10. newchickmom09

    newchickmom09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2009
    ARIZONA
    Thank everyone! I know my duck is crazy loud. She thinks that she is an alarm clock and stands next to the pond quacking LOUD every morning. [​IMG] I think she might be worse then our roos.

    I don't think that the turkey's gobble travels like duck quacks or rooster crows. I haven't heard what the females sound like but I do love that gobble from the males.
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2009

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