new to turkeys need help

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by TurkeyBreeders, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. TurkeyBreeders

    TurkeyBreeders New Egg

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    im new to raising turkeys and have a few questions i have one bourbon red hen and tom and a black spanish hen
    1. why do my hens fight?
    2. what is something big enough they can lay eggs in?
    3. how old will they be before breeding? they are all about 10 months old
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    1. My hens do not fight with one another, but they do fight with the tom, and with the roosters. I can't really answer that one for you much.. Just that my hens are more aggressive to other birds than my tom is.

    2. I have not had them lay yet. So can't answer that one.

    3. My Royal Palms have mated twice in front of me, and they are 6 months old.
     
  3. Ghostbelly

    Ghostbelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my two turkey hens fought a bit but then after a while they just stopped. my turkey is almost a year and still hasn't laid, they do lay in the spring though when they are a little older than a year i think and i think it also takes a year for them to breed.
     
  4. TurkeyBreeders

    TurkeyBreeders New Egg

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    thank you
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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  6. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens will fight for the same reasons toms will. They need to let one another know who is boss. one will be top hen and the other will have to be second choice. If you have 2 toms you will have the toms fighting the same way but alittle more intense. No problem they will settle down. You can use like stated a large dog crate or large dog house, it is easy to build. Turkey hens breed seasonally. Usually spring and sometimes (not the usual time) fall.No matter how old they are you typically wont see your first eggs until spring.
     
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    My BBW's hatched this year in March, maybe April, and they started laying in the fall... They just stopped a couple of weeks ago. I understand that this is probably more the exception than the norm, though.
     
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  8. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they were hatched early then yea they can lay both spring and fall. I have had them lay both seasons and some lay only spring.
     

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