Teenager Tom

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by southernsibe, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. southernsibe

    southernsibe Songster

    Jun 15, 2007
    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.
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    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.
  3. Crittercountry

    Crittercountry In the Brooder

    Aug 13, 2007
    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.
  4. Ms E

    Ms E In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2007
    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.

  5. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    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.

  6. jdypat

    jdypat Songster

    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
  7. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

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

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    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. [​IMG] It's not like he doesn't have any women...
  9. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    Well, now that you know it's normal...I hope you can get a good laugh out of it! The love reading about the roo and the foot ball...
  10. jdypat

    jdypat Songster

    cheryl.. thanks for mentioning my post.. i had decided after many post that i was infact. invisible.

    i love this place..

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