Keeping Toms together

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by waddles99, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering, can you keep male turkeys together? My knowledge is mainly in chickens, and I know that If roosters don't have a harem of hens they will fight. Ive seen pics of beautiful flocks that are mostly Toms, but I was wondering, If i kept 4-6 Toms together with no females would they fight?

    Space they would get would be about 150' x 50', or 7500. It is in the woods too, they aren't that thick but maybe could provide some kind of physical structure to reduce fighting?
     
  2. chknoodles

    chknoodles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Turkeys have a pecking order just like chickens and males will be males...they will mock fight, drag each other around by the snood, chest bump and charge each other, but other than a few scrapes and bumps, they generally will get along just fine as long as there are no females around. Obviously the bigger then pen, the better.
     
  3. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to hear. I figured it was a similar deal to chickens, just wanted to make sure.
     
  4. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    And what happen if there are females around?


    Can 2 toms be in the same coop?
     
  5. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that the hens actually contribute to the aggression if i read chknoodles post right. The Toms compete for the female's attention and it is better if you just have all Toms with no females. Of course, if you're not gonna butcher them everyone wants Toms because they look nicer.
     
  6. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    I have my original Tom and I have 5 Toms hatched this spring. 4 of those 5 are going to be guests of honor at Thanksgiving day dinners.

    I want to keep 2 over winter for breeding next spring.
     
  7. waddles99

    waddles99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool. I'm not into butchering my animals since I would get too attached, but I bet the meat sure is tasty!
     

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