Tom vs poults

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Maeser, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. Maeser

    Maeser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2012
    Our four Turkey poults are about 4 weeks old and are being co parented by two turkey hens. They were hatched outside but we moved them to an outdoor pen when they were a couple of days old. The pen is about 5' x 8'. The tom desperately wants into the pen, to breed hens, of course. At what point would it be fairly safe to allow him into the pen? He is the daddy of the poults.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I would let him in and see. I haven't had any toms be aggressive towards poults, and my oldest will look after them.
  3. R2elk

    R2elk Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming
    I would not let the tom in the pen with them. When they can be let out of the pen with their "mothers" will be soon enough to let the tom get acquainted. Even at that stage it is wise to watch him carefully. Toms can be very good with poults but they can also change their attitude very quickly. Just because a tom was fine with the poults yesterday does not mean he won't kill them tomorrow.

    Good luck.
  4. BirdManInMo

    BirdManInMo Just Hatched

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central Missouri
    I let my toms in with my poults and have never had a problem yet ? They seem to look after them and are very curious. There are no hens in my poult enclosure.

    I would not do this until the poults have some size to them. Mine are big enough now that I let them out in the yard to range when I am supervising.


    Last edited: Jun 8, 2017
  5. ILuvMyFlock

    ILuvMyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2017
    On the Farm
    I have over 10 Turkeys and my big Tom does fine around the youngins he's never gone after them ever.

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