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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ragerkid2, Jun 16, 2011.
How often do male turkeys gobble? Is their a louder quiter breed?
They gobble about as often as roosters crow and they all sound about the same to me in terms of volume.
they like to talk, kind of like a teenager. They are good at letting you know when something is around that should not be.
Any sound can make them gobble, and they gobble more when they are in mating mode.
My tom hates loud noise, so he gobbles a lot. Time of day or night doesn't matter. Anytime there is a noise he doesn't like. He also gobbles when there are people around, especially new people, he likes visitors. He also likes music and will dance and gobble when he hears music. You can make him gobble pretty easy.
so if a rooster is a no-no a tom is a no no?
If you are in a city, a tom is probably a no-no. You should find a new home for him or expect a visit from officer friendly, depending on the sense of humor of your neighbors. Check your town/city and county ordinances - having turkeys at all may be a no no - animal control is the best source for regulations in an area, usually (tho' you might want to call anonymously from your mother-in-law's phone, or some such). I am in country, and I find my neighbors don't mind the turkeys as much as the roosters, though some folks hate them all. The turkeys (unlike roos) generally only gobble with a definite and defensible cause after dark. and are a great alarm - I know when someone is driving up our road, because they gobble at cars, pedestrians, dogs, etc. If they gobble during the night or make any noise, I grab the rifle and hightail it down to the coop and invariably a cat (bob) or racoon or coyote is about. Of course the dogs are usually going ballistic, too, so that is just confirmation of the tom's alarm.
Tom's are much more vocal during breeding, tho' they have a wide variety of vocalizations and some sounds that involve inflating themselves with air and making a low frequency vibration "thrummm" sound as they strike the ground with their wings (part of the fanning display) mine do this from about April to November. I love my wilds! I think there are differences in the variety of sounds between individuals even, and certainly between wilds and domestics. I had 6 very tame toms at one time and I was able to tell some of them from the others on basis of their gobbles. Wilds seem to have a wider vocabulary of sounds than domestic toms I have had. But, then, I am biased!
I don't think the noise of a turkey gobbling is nearly as annoying as the sound of a rooster crowing. You are much less likely to get complaints about it.
There is something about a rooster that just sets some people's teeth on edge. Like a dog barking. They will ignore all sorts of louder noises, but one woof has them up in arms.
I live where it is very quite. I think that makes quite birds. I must be immuned to the noise the birds make. Even my 26 geese (including Africans) are quite. I never here them unless they are talking to me.
I have two turkeys that gobble all day long and it's starting to grate on my nerves as I live in the country and it's spoiling my peace and quite. I'm sure the neighbours aren't happy either. Do they calm down after spring? Also I noticed one turn his back on my husband the other day and stand stomping one foot very fast - what's that about?