Tom Noise question

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by gaviota, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. gaviota

    gaviota Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two pairs of rio grande pen raised wild turkeys in the same pen, about 8 months old and the once lovely soft trilling sound is gone and now my neighbors and myself are being entertained by a full throated GOBBLEGOBBLEGOBBLE just a little to much for my taste and I wish I had gotten muscovys instead (sigh).
    So my questions are - will this much noise go on for ever or is it just a spring thing, and will removing one of the males quiet things down a little? Thanks for any replies!


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  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    They are trying to get the attention of the hen there in the foreground.

    You could cook Turkey for Valentines Day?

    Easter is too far away.
     
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    I had a single Tom Royal Palm..

    I think he liked the sound of his own voice.[​IMG]

    before I got a hen, he didn't mind showing off to the chickens and geese all the time. If you got it , flaunt it..

    Now I have about 30 R>P>s and things have not changed.

    I like my noisy pets.. and I have no close neighbors to complain.. I am blessed..[​IMG]
     
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  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    You are blessed and so close to the annual air show.
     
  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:yeah, so close and I have never gone to it.. maybe now that I am retired ,,,,,,,,,,

    It is as bad as my one uncle who has a house on a lake who never fishes.. [​IMG]
     
  6. ivan3

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    Depends a lot on what they can see/hear. If there is a lot of activity you can run a length of something like garden fabric on the outside of the fence at their eye level, that will keep them from yapping at every person, cat, etc. they don't know. If it is pretty noisy around your place it will take a while before they are habituated and ignore it (ours don't gobble when they hear our car doors out front, but they let us know when anyone else arrives).

    If you want to hear the `trilling' again, put a hen in with them. The trilling will signal their squaring off to start sparring over mating rights.

    Handsome fellas.
     
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  7. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Our turkeys goobble if the wind blows, the sun shines, the sun doesn't shine, you get the idea [​IMG] . Right now I would guess we have about 50 tom's running around, they do get just a little loud

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  8. ivan3

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    Gaviota, didn't see that hen looking up at me, last night!

    Seperate the hens from the toms (two pens). If they can't see one another (better yet). We only have two toms that are going on four years; they are very particular about what they gobble at (pretty quiet overall). Since they have their pecking order worked out our hen isn't a source of noisy contention.

    They will engage in a call/response with the neighbors turkeys in the evenings, sometimes. But it is usually their hens and our hen doing that lonely sort of `whooting' to one another across the woods.
     
  9. hehehehe, I have a lone Tom right now who too, has found his voice and I can hear him inside the house, when he is INSIDE the coop!
    I love it. If you say "GobbleGobbleGobble" to him he GobbleGobbleGobbles right back at you....
     
  10. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My tom gobbles at anything human, but seems quite oblivious to the hens.
     

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