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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by thenewbckyrdchicknfrmer, Jan 20, 2010.
Hello everyone, how docile are royal palm turkeys? also how loud are they?
It might depend on where you get them? I hear folks say how much they love them, but the ones that I had were very flighty. If I went in at night they would startle and fly, which got the rest stirred up and I had to duck and cover my head. I did have a RP cross hen (looked like a red palm) that was a bit calmer and an excellent mother.
Quote:Have have 20 Royal Palm and I call them Royal Pains.
They may be pretty but I have seen a rooster kill one that was half grown. If one going to get out and get in trouble it a Royal Pain. If one gets stick somewhere it one. I have five breeds and that is the only turkey that I think is just to darn dumb for their own good.
They weigh less then the others and don't grow out a good. Feed vs weight gain I mean. Black Spanish like to fight you but when you show then who head turkey they fine. The Slates, Bourbons and Holland White are the easiest to handle and are smart. They also have good feed to weight gain. Handling any turkey from the time you get them regularly will make all the difference in the world. Because they get use to human touch.
I have 7 Black Spanish hens. 2 of them are 2 yrs old and the other 5 I hatched last April and none of them come near me. I have a Royal Palm tom that I got from a friend when my Black Spanish tom died. He's aleast semi friendly and will come close. He's not very noisy and doesn't gobble near as much as my Black Spanish tom did.
I have 4 Royals & they are not as tame as my other breeds. They are more flighty,......because they can. They are a lighter bodied bird & can & will fly.
I bought my first two turkey chickst last March. Unfortunately one was killed by wildlife. My Tom is now 5 months old. He is fun and very tame. He actually comes to me when I call him ( "Baby Turkey"). as I have fed him seed sprouts and worms from the garden. Now when he sees me first thing in the morning he calls to me. He is very sweet. He needs a girlfriend real soon as he has his eye on my chicken (hens) and they are not having any of it. lol.
Absolutely right. Handle them often and they will become very docile and tame.
my royal palm turkey tom has turned very very mean he use to be so tame friendly him with his lady royals and 1 day i went to feed them and he literally flew at my head i was in shock something changed in him now i cant even feed them with out a broom to keep him back any suggestions anybody
If mine get mean they go to the freezer. But I have several.
Here is a thread that might help.
I have a 8 year old Royal Palm Tom that I have had sence he was a year old. He is so tame. When I was in high school he would follow me to the bus stop athen walk back home then be there at 4 when I got off the bus too! I take him to fairs and the judges think I'm nuts! LOL I really think it's all about if they are hand raised and how socialized they are as babies. My hens on the other hand are very scared and got them when they were 2 years old. They were not hand raised but he was.