New to turkeys & need some advice

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by buggal, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. buggal

    buggal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a pair of Royal Palm turkeys. The tom is almost always in full strut and the hen is clucking a lot. When should we see them mating? I know the hen has produced eggs that hatched last year and I am just wondering if and when we should look for them this year?
    Also when our male puffs out his feathers it makes a thunk kind of sound... Is this normal? my husband compares it to the sound just before NCIS starts.
    Any input would be appreciated
    TIA
    Lisa
     
  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The sound the tom is making is called a drum. It's completely normal.

    They have probably mated and just haven't seen it. My bourbons seem too mate late afternoon early evening.

    I have seen a couple matings this year so far but haven't got an egg yet. I'm hoping in the next couple of weeks. As my chickens are just starting to lay after the winter break. It was I believe the 18 th of march before I got my first turkey egg last year from my palms.

    West central mo. Is where I'm at
     
  3. indigo flats

    indigo flats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to be having those problems but unfortunately I do not have turkeys yet.
     
  4. buggal

    buggal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are feeding 20% protein for chickens, and lots of scratch. What would you suggest for a good food for turkeys? We have tried soy beans but they don't really seem interested.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    I feed my turkeys a pelleted All Flock with free choice oyster shells. Too much scratch will cause internal fat in turkeys which can lead to things like prolapse in the hens. So scratch should be a treat.
     
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  6. OzarkCountryGirl

    OzarkCountryGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And you may never see them mate. Unlike roosters, I've found toms to be far more discreet, so the chances are that they already have done. :)
     
  7. buggal

    buggal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the % of protein in your All flock
     
  8. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't feed pelleted all flock but crumbles.

    It's 20 percent protein. I get at a local elevator.
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    18% percent, they seem to be able to swallow the pellet better than the crumble, so that's why I feed the pelleted.
     

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