In the Brooder
- Nov 25, 2014
A couple months ago, we adopted a royal palm tom. He had been raised with about 40 chickens (no other turkeys) until some weasels took 30 out in one night.... when we got him, we introduced him to our female royal palm....and our chickens in the coop next to her. For a month or so he remained in the turkey pen and run while the weather warmed and we worked on the fence and he got used to his new home. We loved him, he almost always was in full fan display and gobbled at almost every "strange" noise in the neighborhood. The last week they have been able to roam...all the chickens, ducks and two turkeys. For the first few days he wandered around the field like the sentinel of the farm keeping everyone in line, fully displayed and always gobbling. Then, the last two days have been kind of overcast and cooler....and he has not been in display---I don't even think once....and no matter what I do, he hasnt gobbled. I've found him laying in the chicken coop, or a mulch bed....at first I thought, he's enjoying the cooler weather and finally relaxing...then I thought, do turkeys get depressed!? He just wont gobble! Should I be worried? Does this just happen sometimes? Could he just be comfortable now? Though, I kind of liked the "protection" I felt his gobbling provided.....what can I do!?