Turkey Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jeanne Miller, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. Jeanne Miller

    Jeanne Miller New Egg

    Mar 5, 2016
    Along with 19 mallard ducks, I inherited 2 turkey chicken roosters. They roost with the ducks in a shed at night. I feed them the same food as the ducks. In the beginning, they all ate together pretty peacefully, but now the roosters are bullying the ducks away from the food. Not sure how old, but I suspect they were young. One started crowing in December, the other just started crowing last week. We have lots of room and they are free range. They stay pretty much to themselves during the day. In the beginning the two of them got along well. They would stick together. Lately they have split apart during the day, and I watched the two of them get into a scuffle this morning over food. When I come into the yard, the older one tries to peck me. When I am out in the bigger yard, as soon as they see me, they run toward me and stalk me. I carry a net around to keep from being pecked by them. My question is, what to do? Would adding females help? I have heard roosters will attack each other if females are around. My neighbors on both sides have young children. I also have grand children. I do not want to put the kids at risk.
  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I think I'd get rid of the roosters. Or you could get hens to keep them busy...but since 1 rooster can handle 8-10 females, that would be 16-20 girls to add.

    Life might be easier (and safer for the kids) without the aggressive roosters.

    Good luck!
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. Ditto NFLChick's advice - without hens, they are giving you nothing and frankly, they'd both be in the crockpot if i were you!

    All the best
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I would rehome the roosters PRONTO !!
  6. Jeanne Miller

    Jeanne Miller New Egg

    Mar 5, 2016
    Thanks everyone. I definitely agree! I am not sure rehoming is an option, since nobody wants roosters. Unfortunately, I am new at this kind of thing and do not have it in me yet to kill them for food. Not sure I even know how! Maybe I will grow into that after a while, but I am only 4 months into this. I am going to a meet up with other chicken owners later this month. Maybe one of them can help me out and take them off my hands!

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