not getting along

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by The new chick 2, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. The new chick 2

    The new chick 2 Out Of The Brooder

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    My tom is beating up my hen. They have been together for almost2 months. And now she has open sores on her head and her wing has been picked at too! I have removed her from the pen but I would like to be able to have them together. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks
     
  2. java girl 2

    java girl 2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how old are they and of what breed ? you will need to keep her from the tom untill she can heal up right. the tom may not be ready for her yet, that is why I asked how old they are.
     
  3. The new chick 2

    The new chick 2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Tom is a bourbon at least 3 yrs old and I think she is a bbw about a yr. And yes they will be apart till she is all healed. She now has the garage. My hubby is going to be so very happy with me.
     
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  4. java girl 2

    java girl 2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep she's not ready for him! do you have her under the lights?? and what kind are they?
     
  5. The new chick 2

    The new chick 2 Out Of The Brooder

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    No lights should I put some in? This is my first hen. I have had the tom for 3 yrs.
     
  6. java girl 2

    java girl 2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it depans on how early you want eggs and this will also help her be ready for the tom as well. I have my turkey hens under a light right now and am getting eggs from they as well. and they are ready to breed to my toms. has your tom ever been with a hen before? what is bbw?
     
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  7. The new chick 2

    The new chick 2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I believe she is a broad breasted white. He has never been with a hen. Until I picked her up he was the king of the chicken coop. I don't know if I'm ready for eggs. When should she start laying if no lights? Cause this just seems too early for Western New York.
     
  8. java girl 2

    java girl 2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is fine for her to have lights. I live in NY and my hens do just fine. I know they will not start laying until there is 14-16 hours of light a day so you can just eat the eggs till you are ready to do as you please. can she fiy up good??? one thing you can do is when you are ready to put her in, I wood do it in a way so that the tom can see her but not hurt her till they are ready for each other.
     
  9. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Don't bother with the lights. If one isn't `scheduling' the hen's laying cycle for breeding out of season, the additional light only serves to suppress the immune system, and can induce ovarian tumors in some varieties:
    http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/magazine/spring05/night.htm

    If you can divide the run, temporarily, and give them another month or so to acclimate then total separation probably isn't necessary - let them socialize from opposite sides of fence.. I'd probably keep a close eye on a big Bourbon's mating with a BBW jenny/hen owing to the latter's penchant/propensity for muscle/joint weaknesses owing to rapid growth (the CornishX of the turkey world).

    Our neighbor's Broad Breasted Bronze hen was successfully bred by their Bourbon tom but she was over a year and a half old at the time and kept on a diet (even so, she was a very low slung waddler).

    Good luck!

    Edit: link repair
     
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  10. The new chick 2

    The new chick 2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I think I will be waiting till they are ready in their own. Being its my first time and theirs. Thanks for all the information.
     

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