My tom just died; what to do with his girl?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by One Acre Wonder Farm, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
    Vermont
    My tom died today. I am so sad.

    I set a dozen eggs and had four develop; three hatched at the end of July. Two of the three were unable to stand after hatching and I put them in coffee mugs for a day until they could stand. I got exactly what I wanted a male and two females!

    In late October/early November I went out and found one of the females dead in the middle of the coop. The other two had minor injuries and although there were no signs of trauma to the dead female I assumed something outside the coop had scared them and they had flailed around in their coop, fatally injuring one.

    The remaining two were housed in an 8x12 coop, pine shavings, fed turkey grower pellets with the occasional handful of cracked corn and/or BOSS and fresh water daily. Saturday I noticed that the tom's head wasn't as colorful as it usually is. Yesterday I noticed that he was in the far corner of the coop when I fed/watered, which was also unusual. This morning he was again standing in the far corner of the coop. I had to work and couldn't go in and check him out like I should have. This afternoon I went to check on their water and he was lying in the corner; he passed a couple of hours ago.

    Now the remaining female is alone. I could put her in the 8x8 coop with 2 roos/16 pullets. I think this best rather than leave her alone. Any reason I shouldn't do this?
     
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put her in with the chickens, then start looking for a mate for her, spring is coming ya know.
     
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Put her in,she needs the company:hugs
     
  4. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of turkeys are these? Are they the white commercial types? I doubt those have been designed to last long.
     
  5. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
    Vermont
    Yeah, she's definitely going in with the chickens; I just hope they don't pick on her too much.

    She's a Narragansett.

    I'll be looking for eggs come spring. I doubt I'll be able to find any locally till April-ish. (No more shipped eggs for me!) It seems like so far away! And then no fertile eggs till spring 2011 *sigh*

    Why do turkeys have to be so loveable? I can't not have turkeys now!!
     
  6. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    She might get picked on a little, but once she's had enough, she'll let them know! My chickens picked on my turkey for about a week until one day, she started pecking back. They get along perfectly now. Except for every once in a while one of the hens get cocky with her..........for your viewing entertainment [​IMG]

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  7. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Without knowing what killed the tom, just be careful that they didn't pick up something that could make the chickens sick. You might want to keep her in quarantine for a few days to make sure she is ok. Were there any other symptoms? How did his droppings look?
     

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