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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by TammyP, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. TammyP

    TammyP Songster

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    Hi. My first year for turkeys.....

    I've purchased a total of 11 bourbons from the local farmstore ....the first two were purchased on April 6th this year - 1 bourbon and 1 BBB..... the BBB is for our table and the bourbon was to be for my new flock start.... (they only had two left when I got them)... they are now 17 weeks old.

    The next 8 are all bourbons for the flock, purchased on May 18...they are now 11 weeks old. My hope was that there are more hens than toms but I do believe 4 are toms and 4 are hens.

    The next 5 are 2 bourbons and 3 BBB purchased on June 15 and are now 7 weeks. Just introduced them to the group and surprisingly all is going good. The bourbons are for the flock and the BBB's are for the table. I can't tell the gender of these yet though but hoping the bourbons are girls... [​IMG]

    So, problem is that at this point, I do believe that I will have at least 5 toms to 4 hens.... as much as I've read so far....this is not a great idea....

    Even if the last 2 bourbons are girls, that leaves 5 toms and 6 hens.....still not a good ratio...or will it be ok?

    They are free range and I try to keep them in the 'turkey coop' at night together....of course skirmishes on the roosts by the older ones to the younger but havent seen any true fighting at this point. Although the 17 week old likes to act like he is biting off the younger ones heads every so often which terrifies me... so far no real damages.

    What am I to expect and please give me suggestions on what to do from this point forward.

    Thanks so much! ~Tammy
     

  2. I'm going with one tom and two hens... maybe three hens if I can talk my husband into it.. but then again I'm not planning on raising a ton of turkeys.. in reality one tom can cover 15 to 20 hens..
     
  3. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

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    I put my extras on Craigs List and sell them.
    I keep 2 Tom's and 10 hen's. But the 2nd Tom is just insurance in case something happens to the first one.
     
  4. mitchell3006

    mitchell3006 In the Brooder

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    You definitely need to cut down on your toms. As it stans right now they will spend all their energy fighting next spring instead of breeding. Choose your very best tom for the flock then choose #2 as a spair. If you don't have the spair it is a simple guarantee that your tom will drop dead the day after you get down to 1. Sell, trade, or eat the spares as appropriate.[​IMG]

    Mark
     
  5. Renee'

    Renee' Songster

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    I had 6 toms and 2 hens and I had zero problems with fertility. And no, my hens weren't beat up.
     
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2011
  6. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Crowing

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    Quote:
    You definitely need to cut down on your toms. As it stands right now they will spend all their energy fighting next spring instead of breeding. Choose your very best tom for the flock then choose #2 as a spare. If you don't have the spare it is a simple guarantee that your tom will drop dead the day after you get down to 1. Sell, trade, or eat the spares as appropriate. [​IMG]


    X2! Good answer. [​IMG]
     

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