Poor, beaten up turkey...

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by snewman, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. snewman

    snewman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2007
    Belleville, WI
    I have nine turkeys (five toms, 4 hens). They are BBW, about 16 weeks old. Yesterday I noticed that one of the toms seemed to be ailing in some way. He was slow to come out of the coop, and then just sat down once he was out. I got him up to go to the food and water, and he ate and drank a little, then sat back down. I don't see any obvious injury, but I was thinking I might send him to freezer camp in the next day or two if he doesn't improve. Today I helped him out of the coop and to the food again, and when he sat down two of the other turkeys, a tom and a hen, came over and started beating up on him. The tom actually stepped up onto his back and the hen started grabbing his head and neck skin and twisting and pulling. I guess my question is this; are they beating up on him because he's hurt, or is he hurt because they've been beating up on him? I've never seen even the slightest bit of aggression amongst my turkeys.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2009
  2. Big Red's Mom

    Big Red's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    Terry, Mississippi
    I am not sure which came first but my DH hunts wild turkey and says if more than one tom is in the area they will attack the dead bird.....They have also destroyed decoys........

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