Questions about starting with turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by philbo, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. philbo

    philbo New Egg

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    My wife and I have a 16 bird chicken flock in our 3/4 acre back yard. We are considering adding a turkey or 2 and I had a couple questions. If we just added a Tom would he try to mount the chickens? My first thought would be no, but I didn't know if during mating season he might get frustrated. If we did have just 1 Tom would he integrate into the chicken flock or would he get lonely! I know turkeys are social so I would want him to be happy. His main function would be as a lawn ornament and also to serve as a deterrent to the feral cats in the area.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I just tried turkeys this year. I got them as poults and already had established chickens. I don't know if it's because the turkeys were little and the chickens were big but the turkeys (who are now over 20 lbs) are skittish around the chickens. Never had any problem with the toms in the group getting frisky with the chickens. I don't even know if domestic turkeys have a breeding season like wild ones do. All I can say with certainty is that I'm really glad I got turkeys. They've been no trouble and added a lot of variety to the farm yard. Good luck to you!!
     
  3. hessclan6

    hessclan6 Out Of The Brooder

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    You might have issues with the birds establishing a pecking order but I don't think you should ever have any issues with them trying to breed. I would however suggest you consider getting more than one turkey as they are social animals who enjoy living and feeding together in flocks.
     
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  4. philbo

    philbo New Egg

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    So trying one Tom and letting him socialize with just the chicken hens wouldn't be enough for him?
     
  5. GoneCrazy

    GoneCrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a similar situation (lone turkey...not by choice).....my baby Wishbone is alone after a tragedy took her bro Giblet. She holds her own w the chickens but prefers to run w my ducks and geese. No matter the time of day or who she is w u can tell she knows she just doesn't fit in completely. However she does respond when she hears my new Royal Palm babies.
     
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    If I were you, I would have 2 turkeys instead of one. I wouldn't try a lone tom with the chickens.
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Poor girl. I hope she gets some company one day.
     
  8. hessclan6

    hessclan6 Out Of The Brooder

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    @Philbo..It can be done, but I don't recommend keeping only one turkey. They are just extremely social creatures and like to be with others of their same kind.
     

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