Is it possible for a turkey to be Jealous? JJ is his name being weird is his game. Ethel is her name and being a mother is her game. He is very social. When someone drives in the yard, He is right there to greet them and show off his body. He does not seem to notice he is missing half his feathers. and the other half are broken. (I got him this spring and he was in rough shape when I got him. He had been living in the city under a deck with lots of birds and his wings had been clipped. Now he free ranges and goes where he wants. Except at night, when I lock him in his bedroom!) He will walk with my wife, two dogs and I around are farm. He will come to the window of the house and yell for us to visit with him. We have two houses on the farm, we recently had workers installing cabinets in the other house. When they came he walked over to greet them. We had the windows open on the house and left the turkey outside, he spent a good hour circling the house gobbling and trying to find a way to get in with us. I tell you this to give you background on this fellow. I like to sit and watch my birds. I have a folding camp chair I keep near them, and will just sit in it and watch them from time to time. (read that to mean "more often than I should") I will bring them a few treats and throw them around me to bribe the birds to visit me. I then relax and have a beer. JJ has to be right there near me. He is usually strutting his stuff and just showing me how faithful he is. He never eats while I am there, that would be unseemly for him. However, Ethel comes running to eat. My turkeys live with chickens and 6 juvenile delinquent geese. Ethel becomes very jealous when the chickens come near me and runs them off. I know it is not the treats she is running them off from, as she will eat out of the same feeder as them all day. BUT when I am near a chicken she runs them off. I was carrying a chicken the other day and I set him down to run and join the others when Ethel came running from about 100 ft away and chased the poor chicken away from me. When I am feeding them treats she will let me scratch her head, under her neck and pet her. She also likes to sit in my lap during this time. When I am holding her she will not chase off the chickens, so I hold her a lot during my bird watching time. Is she jealous? Does she have a weird "play misty for me" thing going? Should I be scared? NOW the real problem, JJ gets jealous when I pet and hold Ethel. JJ would never submit to being held. He hates it! But, when I am holding Ethel he starts doing dances and foot stomping. He has a look of contempt in his eyes for me. He gets very, very close to me. If I set Ethel down he makes sure he gets between Ethel and I. He is constantly maneuvering to stay between Ethel and I. He will even try to mate with her while looking at me. The mating is so rough it borders on rape. I usually just leave when he starts to show signs of wanting to mate. It is too brutal to watch. Seriously, is there a danger to Ethel? Can he really be jealous? Just how many working brain cells does he have?