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How to make your poultry friendly.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by joshm97, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. joshm97

    joshm97 Chirping

    Jun 10, 2012
    Holland, Massachusetts
    I have four turkeys. Three Chocolate Jakes and one Bourbon Red Hen. The Chocolates enjoy my company and love to be held and pet but my Bourbon is deathly afraid of me. My Chocolates enjoy other people too, even complete strangers. They make course yelps and then resume normal behavior. The Bourbon hen just continuously makes alarm putts at anyone. I am planning on making additions to the flock. ( three hens all Narragansett) We know all the extra procedures such as medicating and seperation until all illness is taken care of. I was curious if anyone knew anything on making your new birds trust you and enjoy your company.

    Thank You,

  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Some can be more standoffish than others (even if all are raised the same). Once the newcomers are integrated into the flock take the whole bunch out for a walk. If the Chocolates follow and the others trail along - well, that might be the best one will be able to do. When it warms up enough for moths to appear, feed the fluttering captives to the turks by hand (that will separate the tame/sorta tame from the independents).

    Keep an eye on those three jakes as warm weather will probably have them sparring for dominance.
  3. joshm97

    joshm97 Chirping

    Jun 10, 2012
    Holland, Massachusetts
  4. daniel rainey

    daniel rainey Chirping

    Mar 9, 2013
    well in my experience yes som are naturally less tame, but... the best tip i can give you is to when your off work/school and have some free time to only feed from your hands. this means the turkey will get hungary and now thats the only place to get it, so will eventualy cave in. once it has caved in things can only get better and better and they will gean trust in you. try to avoid quick movement will doing this and do noy move your hand towords the bird as this will scare it and make it un easy about doing it in the future.
  5. mo farm girl

    mo farm girl Hatching

    Mar 15, 2013
    I am new to chickens and turkeys. The chickens I bought follow me everywheere I go. My horses and goats do that but never dreamed they would. I also bought 3 young turkeys and figured atleast one would be a tom but nope all 3 started laying eggs. Lol Now I need a royal palm tom. I have fell in love with them. If anyone knows of any n sw mo. Please let me know thank you

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