Moving turkey to a new location

Purplesmart

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As per my previous thread, I'm getting my turkey tom a new mate. But it's a surprisingly hard thing to do, since a LOT of farms in my area stopped raising them due to covid.

Recently I've found someone who's willing to part with a hen, but it's a 3-4 year old.
  • Can a hen of such an advanced age even be moved to a new location and new flock, without it freaking out or becoming depressed?
  • I know their lifespan is between 5-10 years, so what are the odds that it doesn't die next year? He's already lost a mate, I don't want to string him along.
  • Would it even be suitable for my 1 year old tom?
My goal is to cheer up the little guy, keep them as pets. I don't want to breed or slaughter them.
 

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As per my previous thread, I'm getting my turkey tom a new mate. But it's a surprisingly hard thing to do, since a LOT of farms in my area stopped raising them due to covid.

Recently I've found someone who's willing to part with a hen, but it's a 3-4 year old.
  • Can a hen of such an advanced age even be moved to a new location and new flock, without it freaking out or becoming depressed?
  • I know their lifespan is between 5-10 years, so what are the odds that it doesn't die next year? He's already lost a mate, I don't want to string him along.
  • Would it even be suitable for my 1 year old tom?
My goal is to cheer up the little guy, keep them as pets. I don't want to breed or slaughter them.
If you keep them together which is the point of getting a companion, you do not have a choice about them breeding. You don't have to allow the eggs to be hatched but you will not be able to prevent them breeding.
 

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A 3-4 year old turkey, that has been taken care of, is not old and could live for many more years. My midget white pair are a few years older and still produce many eggs and poults. I would not hesitate to get such a hen if she were healthy and robust.
 

Purplesmart

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If you keep them together which is the point of getting a companion, you do not have a choice about them breeding. You don't have to allow the eggs to be hatched but you will not be able to prevent them breeding.
There seems to be a misunderstanding. I don't mind them doing whatever they do. I wrote that because hatching new poults is not a priority in this matter.
 

Purplesmart

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A 3-4 year old turkey, that has been taken care of, is not old and could live for many more years. My midget white pair are a few years older and still produce many eggs and poults. I would not hesitate to get such a hen if she were healthy and robust.
Thanks! That's good to know. But will she be alright going to a new home after all that time? I want a companion for my tom, but I don't want to harm the hen in the process either.
 

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