tom fighting

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by TimTurkey, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. TimTurkey

    TimTurkey Out Of The Brooder

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    My toms, at 7 weeks, are fighting - a lot. And brutally. They have been fighting for a couple of weeks now. As they get bigger and stronger, they are damaging each other. Today, one tom got his scalp half torn off! Is this normal?

    My turkeys are on pasture, with lots of food, water and forage.
     
  2. Crickett B

    Crickett B Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine fights with my roosters. 4 of them in particular (I have 8) . Two of those them he stalks endlessly.
     
  3. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:take the hurt one out and treat, but this is normal behavior they are finding out who is the top cock so to speak.
     
  4. TimTurkey

    TimTurkey Out Of The Brooder

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    I isolated the injured turkey. After cleaning the wound and removing the necrotic tissue, he has a 1"x1/2" piece of his scalp missing. It looks like it will heal well.

    Will I have to wait until it is completely healed, after scab has dropped off, before I can reintroduce him to the flock?
     
  5. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would give him a few days with a loose bandage at the very least
     
  6. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    We had a chicken with a neck injury leaving about a 1/2 by 1 inch opening. I washed it with diluted iodine and then gooped it with bacatracin 2-3-times a day to keep it moist. A bandage didn't work because of the feathers. LOL The cut healed in about 10 days. The location of the cut on the turkey may require washing out dirt every day. Just thought I'd share what worked for me. GL
     
  7. TimTurkey

    TimTurkey Out Of The Brooder

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    I spent most of the day with my injured turkey, bonding. His scalp oozed a clear, foamy liquid into the void over his scull. This has now solidified and will, I believe, form a scab. He acts like nothing has happened, other than loosing his flock [​IMG]
     
  8. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Survival is amazing--not time for self pity! Hope your tom heals well with no complications.
     
  9. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My turkeys fight when the breeding season is in full swing. Right now I do not have any fights. I found the heal pretty good. I keep a Tom pen with 40 plus adult toms.
     

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