My Female Turkey Wants to Target just one of my chicks

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Blueluzu, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. Blueluzu

    Blueluzu In the Brooder

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    Strangest thing happened today between a certain 3-month female chick and my 2-month-old turkey

    So I'm sitting there and pick up my white americauna. She's a noisy, skittish chicken, and she is the only chicken I have that makes the weirdest chattering noise when held. She just acts really strange when picked up. So I'm petting her and giving her love when my female turkey walks over and starts making weird chirps and coo noises. She's done this a few times with this same chicken, so I pay no mind to it. About one minute later, my female turkey jumps into my lap and jumps on the chick. I quickly separate them and the turkey does nothing else. When the turkey wasn't around, I pick back up the chicken and the female turkey does a run walk back over and starts the werid chirps and even stronger coos. I didn't want her jumping in my lap, so I put the chick down and my female turkey makes a werid call and flogs the chick and chases her for a while until the chick hides and soon the female turkey doesn't seem to care.

    This is the only chick she does that do and doesn't bother the white americauna unless I've picked her up.

    Can someone please explain what may be going on. I thought maybe she thought it was her chick, but she never attacked me, just the chick I was holding.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    You shouldn't keep turkeys and chicks together, nor raise them together. The poult is being aggressive. As it grows it will become dangerous to the chickens as it doesn't know they are different species. I have had turkeys kill chickens they were raised with. I have never done it again and wouldn't recommend it. Turkeys are emotional birds that when they become angry will continue an attack often for quite a long time.
     
  3. Blueluzu

    Blueluzu In the Brooder

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    Thank you so much for the advice, I will look into finding a way to separate them.
     
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