Last year I bought 4 Naragansett poults. I wanted Naragansetts because I knew they were a heritage breed and I had read that they had nice temperaments. It turned out that I got 2 hens and 2 toms. The hens are very sweet, but the toms have become well, how can I put this nicely... just nasty [email protected] The 2 of them stalk me, all the while chattering to each other in this kind of high pitched tone. They try to attack me. I don't dare turn my back on them and I have to carry a big stick or something with me to chase them off. They even come up on the back deck and have tried bumping against the glass door to try to get in when they see me inside. It's like Friday the 13th.... only with turkeys. At first I thought it was my boots that they were after, but it doesn't matter what I'm wearing on my feet, they just come after me. I thought maybe they were hungry, but they don't go to the food, they come after me first. I tried ignoring them and walking past and they jumped at me and flapped me. Those big wings hurt! I tried just standing still and they circle around looking for their opportunity to attack. Yesterday I locked one of them in the turkey house. As long as he was contained, the other one left me alone. It's like when they are together they are egging each other on to attack me. But one-on-one they won't try it. I've already decided that one of them is going to be Easter dinner. I just can't stand being harrassed by them both anymore. When I was a kid we used to have bronze turkeys and I don't remember ever being stalked or attacked by any of them. And believe me when something like that happens when you are a kid you remember it! I still remember being bitten by that goose we had. My questions are: Is this normal behavior for Naragansetts? Are the toms just nasty? Does this happen with other breeds as well? Is this happening just because there are two of them and they're "daring" each other to attack (because it sure seems like it). How many days ahead of cooking day should you dispatch a turkey to Camp Kenmore? If I want to cook a turkey on Saturday, what day should I butcher? Thanks for any help you can give me.