Pecking Problem!!!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by goose377, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. goose377

    goose377 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 1 gobbler and 2 bronze hens and they are all pulling each others tail feathers out and making them bleed! why are they doing this and how do I stop them ? please help!!!
     
  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Sounds like they are in too small of a pen. Are they penned or free range?
     
  3. goose377

    goose377 Out Of The Brooder

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    they are free range but are locked up at night
     
  4. pdpatch

    pdpatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There might be several reason:

    1. The turkeys have some sort of infestation, like mites and the others are trying to get to.

    You can spray blue coat over any open wounds, the treat for the infestation. You also need to treat the area they are in at night.

    2. They simple don't like each other.
    Normally this only happens when you have two tom and the hens don't like tom number two. They will pull his tail feathers or bite them off short, to make him less attractive. This does not happen very often and usually only in small flocks. But i am pretty sure this is not your problem.

    Most likely the have some sort of infestation.

    Tom
     

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