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Question about buying turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by 2mnypets, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband loves turkeys and I was wanting to get him a couple of Royal Palm Turkeys. My question is does a turkey need to be part of a flock like chickens do? I've only seen them sold as a straight run but was really hoping to be able to buy a tom and a hen. Any info would be great...thanks!
     
  2. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    They prefer to be in flocks, but they have different grouping behaviors than chickens. Left to their own devices, with the exception of mating season, males of different ages form a separate group from the hens. The hens and younger birds, including juvenile males, will hang together.

    For the few that you want, they'll be okay together. I have one tom and two hens. They don't necessarily "flock", but have their territory in the backyard that they share with some chickens. They mingle around and are aware of each other's presence, but don't stick close to each other like chickens do. They do roost together at night, though.

    Stacey
     
  3. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the information Blisschick.....it's always great when your questions gets answered. I've learned so much from these forums. Thanks again.
     
  4. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    ive got 8 turkeys 5 toms an 3 hens .an they all run with my hens.an they do fine with the hens.
     

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