new to turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by nikki1496, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. nikki1496

    nikki1496 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    northern california
    My friend gave me a bronze breasted Tom and he's panting/wheezing when he walks around? No other symptoms (no swelling in face,etc) I'd the panting/wheezing just a normal thing fit Turks?
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    The broad breasted get so heavy they can develop heart problems and leg problems, they were never meant to live past their first year, about all you can do is limit his food and see if you can get him to exercise a bit, if kept a bit lighter in weight they can possibly live longer.
     
  3. nikki1496

    nikki1496 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    northern california
    So the wheezing is just from his weight?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    If there's no other signs of respiratory problems than that would be my best guess. Turkeys make different vocalizations and a few can sound like wheezing. I don't have broad breasted, so hopefully someone more familiar with them will let you know what they think.
     
  5. nikki1496

    nikki1496 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    northern california
    He does it when he walks alot and makes a huffing sound when he struts. He puffs uo at me it's that aggression or just a male thing?
     
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  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    When they are displaying they make a chest rumble, accompanied by a spitty sound, and off course the gobble. All my toms will display when I talk to them, they follow and display, making sure to side face you, and fanning the tail towards you.

    Turkey aggression shows differently than chicken aggression, so he's not being aggressive just showing off, when they are aggressive it's usually a side display, with the feathers about half way out and they make a certain trilling call, though I've not ever actually been at the receiving end, just watched it between two turkeys. Love to see pictures of your big boy.
     
  7. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree...we want to see pictures! :D
     
  8. nikki1496

    nikki1496 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    northern california
    He's doing the first one. He follows and struts along with doing the right and spitting sound
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  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    he is quite the big pretty boy. Looks healthy to me. Just don't let him eat ration or grains all day and let him free range a bit and he might last a few years.
     
  10. nikki1496

    nikki1496 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    northern california
    I brought him out today and he waddled around the yard with me by his side (otherwise he'd gobble til he found me) and ate some greens poking out of the snow then sat in the sun then after a bit i took him back to his pen. I have to supervise because I have chickens and ducks as well and my muscovy state was hissing at him all today
     

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