Protective turkey

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Ajmbrewer, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. Ajmbrewer

    Ajmbrewer In the Brooder

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    My female turkey has been protective of my 1 year old fights off roosters sits next to him and never leaves his side. Recently she's started poofing up like our male turkey but when ever anything gets near my son. She only lets humans near him I was wondering if the poofing up is a protective instinct. 20180318_133209-1.jpg
     
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  2. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    I have two toms that are only nice to me. They attack every one but me
     
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  3. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    Including my family and friends
     
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  4. Ajmbrewer

    Ajmbrewer In the Brooder

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    I just find it odd how a female does it also
     
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  5. Ajmbrewer

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  6. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    Are you sure it is not a Tom?
     
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  7. Ajmbrewer

    Ajmbrewer In the Brooder

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    I'm sure she's a female I have two females and 1 male I asked the same question but was reassured she most definitely is a female
     
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  8. Ajmbrewer

    Ajmbrewer In the Brooder

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    We recently bought a female and a male but the female I'm asking about we have had for a year since we bought her
     
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  9. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    It is not uncommon for a hen turkey to display just like toms do. She seems to have claimed your child as her own. The displaying can be a protective stance or it can be just because she is agitated.

    The thing to remember is that one should never allow a one year old near animals or birds without extremely close supervision of the child. Everything can be going very well and instantaneously harm can come to the child by a very simple act in this case such as a misplaced peck. While you may not think that could happen, it can and does happen in the blink of an eye.
     
  10. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    Ok. I agree with @R2elk.
     
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