I have a Royal Palm Tom Turkey that I got at the start of the summer. I bought it when it was a little less than a year old. I got it to protect my chickens, that free range in the backyard, from the hawks that were pecking them off. I haven't lost a chicken to a hawk since we got our turkey. He was a wonderful "dad" to all our baby chicks when we put them out in the yard. He watched them scared away the other hens so the babies could eat. Today, I walk outside just in time to see him killing a hen, he had its head in his mouth and he was shaking it violently and stomping on it. I have no idea what happened or why, but now I'm afraid to keep the turkey in with the chickens. Is this a fluke thing? Is it because it is close to mating season? Do I need to get rid of my turkey? We've had him without incident for 6 months? Anyone have any advice?