Tom attacking juvenile hen

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by amajorexpress, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. amajorexpress

    amajorexpress New Egg

    Mar 20, 2017
    Hello! Recently, I have been confused and worried about the behavior of our tom and my 4 month old Rhode Island hen. Ruby, the hen, had been out and about for about a month with her two other rooster pals, and seemed to get along with the rest of our flock, which was herded around by our 20-something or so pound male turkey. The three growing chickens didn't seem to be bothered by the tom, until I went out to do my nightly feeding of the animals, and I saw the turkey "attacking" Ruby. He seemed to be jumping on her, almost like he was trying to mate. Since he is so big, she was smushed under him, and couldn't escape. When I shooed the tom off of her, Ruby was in shock, and had an injured leg.But what puzzled me was that he did not seem to be aggressive. He just seemed to be "tap dancing" on Ruby with his feathers puffed. After a few days of isolation inside a horse stall, Ruby's leg healed enough to where she could walk around the barn isle to stretch her legs. I turned my back for a minute, and did not notice the tom walking into the barn. I turn back, and he was on top of her again. Thankfully, she is fine, and her leg does not seem to be worse. Does anyone know exactly what he is doing, and how he can be stopped? This isn't my first time raising chicks with him in their presence, and have had many growing hens around him. I am just confused, as the tom is usually pretty docile. Thanks for the help!
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming
    It is breeding season. If you do not have turkey hens to occupy your tom, he will continue trying to breed your chicken hens and you will have deaths.

    You will have to separate your tom from your chickens if you want to protect them from him.

    It is never a good idea to keep a lone tom with chickens. It might help to get him some turkey hens but since he has already developed an affinity for chicken hens it probably won't completely solve the problem.
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I've had turkeys kill chickens, so I would separate him out before he does some damage.

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