Tom with broody hen question

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by oharamr, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. oharamr

    oharamr Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a male and female bourbon red turkeys in the same pen. The hen has begun to lay eggs and I was wondering if anyone could tell me if when the hen goes broody will the Tom leave her alone and when eggs hatch will he leave poults alone. Basically can I leave tom in pen through this process. Thank you
     
  2. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your hen is laying out in the open then you will need to remove the gobbler. If her nest is in a protected area where he can't try to mount her then you can leave him with her. You would be wise to remove him before she hatches her poults. A gobbler is very capable of doing serious damage to little ones.
     
  3. oharamr

    oharamr Out Of The Brooder

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    Hen has eggs in a nest box so he can't get in there to mount her. So you think the tom might get aggressive with poults? He is very friendly. Has anyone experienced this?
     

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