tom to hen ratio?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by spish, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    just wondering how many hens per tom he should have, i have at the moment 3 toms 3 hens, but have someone interested in a couple, or just a lone tom.

    of course selling as a couple id get more money, but if i held that extra hen back (making my group 2 toms 3 hens) would that be better?
     
  2. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    TWO OR THREE HENS TO ONE TOM IS GOOD BUT A MATURE TOM CAN COVER OVER A DOZEN HENS WITHOUT A PROBLEM. You should keep an second tom if you want to breed them. Unless you really don't want the second tom in the mix you can leave them in a group and the dominant tom will keep the secondary in line as far as breeding his girls.
     
  3. junglebird

    junglebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I currently have 10 22-week old turkeys (Spanish Black and Blue Slate) - 1 Tom and 9 females. I plan on butchering most of the females in late winter, keeping 2-3 females for breeding with the Tom.

    They live together all the time with about 30 chickens, including 4 roosters. They all live in the same coop and share a couple of acres of woods/grassland with 2 donkeys. Will the Tom exhaust the 2-3 female turkeys and start pursuing the chickens? Will I end up with barebacked turkeys? Should I keep more of the hens?

    I'm only producing for our own use, so I don't want to keep more breeding stock than I have to, but I also want my birds to have both healthy bodies and healthy society.
     

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