I've accepted that turkeys are like a bunch of kids out of school with nothing to do but hang around making mischief. I've accepted that they poop all night in the coop like a pack of small dogs. I've fed them well, had them inoculated and looked after then like babies. I've not really got used to the deaths of poults or the fighting. Today is a bit too much. Our toms still outnumber the hens and that causes fighting nearly every day. Early this morning, the young toms decided that they too wanted to mate. Two hens are separated with chicks and two others are sitting on nests on the land having been unable to reach the coop for standing flood water when they started to lay. That leaves one mature hen who is laying and other hens only just about ready to mate. I heard the all too common fighting and didn't go to investigate. Minutes later, my wife found a hen in shock with the feathers ripped from her back. She was still breathing but died on the way to the vet. I don't feel at the moment that I want to put up with this. We have fourteen one month old poults and, potentially, two or three dozen on the way. The problems will get worse. Buyers want mainly hens and we don't have enough to sell without completely wrecking the male to female ration and making matters worse still. I don't know what I'm looking to achieve in posting this but I need to get it off my chest and there may be a reply that helps me to solve this quickly one way or the other. The only solution in my mind at the moment is wholesale slaughter and finish with turkeys but I may regret that as soon as it's done.