Turkey Hen Puffing Up Like A Tom??

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by smoknz28, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. smoknz28

    smoknz28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Riddle me this....why does one of my Bourbon Red's puff up like a Tom from time to time?
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  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Hormones &/or social signalling. The girls just tend to do more in the way of threatening warbling barks/trilling, and attacking with beaks, than displaying around like sailing ships with all the canvas on (males) looking for that breeze. However, juveniles will test their limits (welded wire separating mother from daughter might have contributed to this bit of cheekiness): [​IMG] And, signalling dominance, by way of display, when the boss hen (mama) comes back to the flock and asserts control? Feathers smooth right back down after a few strikes on the head, with the beak. [​IMG]
     
  3. smoknz28

    smoknz28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting.....we are still fairly new to raising turkey's, but we surely enjoy them. ;-)

    Thank you.
     
  4. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    Both of my hens have this same problem.
     

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