strange tom dance?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by syble, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is going to sound very stupid, but just want to clarify, i have a blue tom that is strutting 95% of the time that he is not sleeping. I'm used to all the moves that go with that. well this morning he started something new. struts up then droops the wings(not with the push he would for a strut), then starts stamping his feet and gyrating (all from a standing position), almost looks like positioning for mating, but there's nothing under or by him, the hens are just walking around. is this normal? has april 2011 hatch
     
  2. longranger

    longranger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Normal. He likes you:p
     
  3. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL, I meant more of the mating acting with no one there, hes not paying attention to me at that point lol, Is it like pre mating practice?
     
  4. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, normal.
     
  5. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    We refer to this as `throwing up an air ball'.
     
  6. ShadyHoller

    ShadyHoller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is the single funniest thing I have read on BYC. I can't wait to see the look on everyone's faces when I use that expression.

    Our breeder tom did so much "throwing up airballs" when our broody hen was on her nest that we finally isolated him in an unoccupied chicken tractor, because we were afraid he'd knock into her and disrupt the eggs. He was a stompin' and a thrustin' and a gyratin' out there all by himself... it was enough to make a man blush.
     
  7. ivan3

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    ShadyHoller wrote: I can't wait to see the look on everyone's faces when I use that expression

    That is precisely what I was trying to avoid, i.e., off-the-cuff explanation for youngest grandson's edification (not).

    It is good they have so much `strut', as their fretting with the molting and jolting occasionally leaves me feeling that I'd be doing them a favor by placing them in the oven [​IMG]

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