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Turkey behavior: what is he/she doing??

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by HickChick Wannabe, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. HickChick Wannabe

    HickChick Wannabe Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my first year with turkeys and I have 3, 8-week old BR poults raised with 3, 7-week old chicks (all female, presumably). One of the poults has singled out the Columbian Wyandotte chick (my son's "Twinkle, the Snow Chicken" [​IMG] ), and is posturing in front of her. It crouches down low at her feet, stands up and circles around, standing up really tall, then crouches down at her feet again. While Twinkle looks like she's thinking, "WHAT are you DOING??", then finally runs away.

    So what is the poult doing? Proposing?
     
  2. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like its just trying to figure out the pecking order.
     
  3. TurkeyLover22

    TurkeyLover22 Out Of The Brooder

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    My turkey poult also does this but I thought it was so cute!
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2011
  4. HickChick Wannabe

    HickChick Wannabe Out Of The Brooder

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    It was pretty cute, especially watching the bewildered-looking chick. : ) I just wasn't sure what it was trying to do.
     
  5. MsMoss

    MsMoss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dad says when they're circling and posturing like that, they're horny and trying to entice the lady. a little courtship if you will.

    Now I do not know if that's true or not, but that's what he says.
     

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