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Male turkey packing females head- normal?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Leese13, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. Leese13

    Leese13 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a male turkey (about 2yrs old) and have recently got 2 female ones. I am not sure of their age, but must be close to a year old now. Today I noticed the female on the ground, in a crouching position, with the male then stomping on top of her. I have read that this is normal mating behaviour (?). But he was then quite violently pecking at her head, and it sounded awful and she did not seem too pleased by this. I would like to know if this is normal or should I be stopping the pecking by separating them?
    They are housed with 2 chickens and a duck in an area about 15m x 35m. The duck doesn't put up with any crap from the male or females for that matter, but the male turkey does occasionally try to do his thing with the chickens. Anyone with any information to help would be great.
    Thanks
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    That is relatively normal mating behavior. Most birds peck at the female's head when they are mating, though some do it more vicously then others. If he gets too rough, and he inures the female turkeys, then I would separate them. But if he isn't harming them, then he is just doing what he was meant to do, and separating isn't that necessary. Most female birds get used to the constant attention of the males, and will avoid them if they don't want to be mated.
     
  3. Leese13

    Leese13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the feedback. I have been checking them every day and it all seems well, so it must have just been a bit of feisty loving from the male. [​IMG]
     

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