Turkey making a hissing/huffing noise when strutting...

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Mycookoonest, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. Mycookoonest

    Mycookoonest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Captain is either getting an attitude or trying to attract our hen Morgan.What does his hissing/huffing mean when he's strutting? Is it a sign of aggression or is he trying to attract Morgan for mating? He only does this when he's strutting.
     
  2. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    He's trying to look "purdy" for the ladies. They hiss and make a thumping noise and strut til they can't htis time of year in hopes of wooing them a lady friend.
     
  3. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    yep, It's part of their courtship display called spitting and druming.
    If you watch him, he'll do a low pitched drum sound too.
    And yes it can lead to aggression too at least toward other males.
    Aubrey
     
  4. Mycookoonest

    Mycookoonest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG he does this to me... does that mean he's courting me? How hilarious is that?
     
  5. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    sound like he LOVES YOU!
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    Aubrey
     
  6. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Mine did this to me too last year and then he got MEAN as a yard dog on me. I had to start fighting him off with the feed bucket and everything, I finally had to sell him because I have a three year old and the day he flew up to spur me, I knew if he did that to her, he would hurt her bad. So keep an eye ou just in case.
     
  7. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    When he is strutting and drumming pick him up and you can feel the air sack on his chest.

    Steve in NC
     

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