too young for the mating game

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by scruffysmom, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. scruffysmom

    scruffysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    First pic is my EE hen with her adopted Royal Palm poults. Second pic is the smallest RP poult (Yankee) that hopped on the largest poult (in the first pic), grabbed her by the back of the head and attempted to mate with her. I'm assuming the largest one is female. Two days later my 9-week-old bantam OEG rooster attempted the same. Aren't they a little young for this behavior?





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  2. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    more of a dominance thing I think. sometimes my female ducks do that, and I've caught chicks experimenting.
     
  3. toto65

    toto65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Teenagers, they start younger all the time!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. scruffysmom

    scruffysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Btw, does anyone think Yankee looks like a peacock? What's with those feathers on his head?
     
  5. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I've gotten the wrong breed before, but never the wrong species! Maybe you have a royal palm silkie [​IMG]
     
  6. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does Yankee have a snood? I have heard of turfted turkeys before... can't remember if they kept it when they grew up?

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  7. scruffysmom

    scruffysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    No, he doesn't have a snood, and I'm not sure of his age, but I've had him for approximately 6 weeks. I got him at an auction. He has no black feathers yet, odd because all the others do. I think he's male because I've seen him hop on top of one of the other turkeys twice now. I'll post a close-up as soon as I can get one.
     
  8. scruffysmom

    scruffysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Pics of Yankee, whatever he may be.

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  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:I'm no expert, but your baby in pic 2 looks like a peachick. [​IMG]
     
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Didn't see these first, that is definitely a peachick. Congrats [​IMG]
     

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