Introducing a new turkey to the flock

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by callieisspooky, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. callieisspooky

    callieisspooky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2012
    Carmel Valley, CA
    Just a PSA - it helps to introduce a new bird to the flock to wait until the most aggressive bird goes into season. Had been trying unsuccessfully for months to put my single Tom in with the older females, all because one hen was especially resistant to the idea. One day she started presenting. I took that as my cue, and penned her with Tom. She didn't even look at him sideways. :D

    Not sure if it would have worked had Tom been female, but who knows.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Good timing. Hens can also be rough on any tom that loses a sparring contest with the other toms (low tom on totem pole). The other toms will ignore him but the hens will remind him of his place if he doesn't keep his distance.

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