Teenager Tom

southernsibe

Songster
12 Years
Jun 15, 2007
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kensington, maryland
My tom has reached sexual maturity. I think. He has tried to mount a hen, a chicken hen. He hasn't tried to mount my turkey hen. Maybe she hasn't reached maturity and isn't sending the right signals? Now he is attempting to have his way with thin air. He gets puffed up and then started doing his business with nothing under him! Is this normal? It lasts about 5 mintues, then he goes on his way.
Rachel
 

Cuban Longtails

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Sep 20, 2007
6,026
30
263
Northeast Texas
Yes, it's normal. Funny to watch, but normal. You might want to keep him separate from your chickens, he could potentially hurt one. My grandfather had a turkey tom that mounted a chicken (pit-game) hen, something broke because she never did walk correctly again. She had an almost straight up and down posture, where as she had a regular posture before it happened.
 

Crittercountry

In the Brooder
12 Years
Aug 13, 2007
88
1
39
Lenoir City, TN
One of our customers here at the feed store lost several of her hens to an amourous tom. Granted, he was fully grown, but you can never be to careful.
 

Ms E

In the Brooder
13 Years
Jan 11, 2007
35
0
32
I had a tom that had an 'unnatural' relationship with a very small duck. She had co-dependency issues and he now lives in northern Indiana with a girlfriend of his own kind.

We also had a turkey hen but she wasn't interested in him and he wasn't in her either.

e
 

jab91864

Songster
12 Years
Apr 3, 2007
1,497
7
184
Northern Michigan
My toms tried several times to mount my orpington hens. I wasn't having any of that.... I mean have you seen how big those feet are...lol. From that point on the turkeys became free range only until the turkey hens started co-operating with them.

I once had a young tom mount a turkey hen only to have two other toms mount on top (like a pyramid one tom on top of another etc...) I made my mistake when I pulled the turkey hen out from the bottom of the pile before going to get the camera.. It took them several minutes to realize the hen was then standing there looking at all 3 toms still humping in pyramid formation.

Didn't get the pic in time and it has never happened again....would have been a great shot though.

Julie
 

jdypat

Songster
12 Years
Sep 3, 2007
168
5
131
Centerville, tennessee
years ago, my son was given a young roo.. we lived in the city at that time in nashville. He was amazing. he took over my sons foot ball and married it. he protected it, made love to it and tried to feed it and boss it around it surely was a sight to see.

neighbors called codes on the crowing..they just didnt see the beauty in our rooster.and he had to go live on a farm.
oh he slept in the dog house with our dog and usually did not get up til late in the day..dont know what their matter was...haha
 

wynedot55

Songster
12 Years
Mar 28, 2007
1,295
8
181
what your seeing is normal for the tom.he will mount the hen in time.being fall she wont lay eggs till spring.
 

Blisschick

not rusty
12 Years
Feb 20, 2007
1,875
32
191
Shepherd, Texas
I wondered about my tom doing the same thing. It was rather disturbing when I realized what he was doing. I think it's a frustration issue with him, because he's also tried it with buckets and my leg.
It's not like he doesn't have any women...
 

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