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Turkey wants a mate???

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by cleopup2, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. cleopup2

    cleopup2 Hatching

    Jan 29, 2017
    I have one turkey, along with various chickens. New Holland hen. They all live together in the chicken house. She was laying eggs for a while but no longer. She continually thinks that I want to mate with her!!! She goes in circles around me and then squats down so I will rub her. When I do she makes little gurgling sounds and lifts her butt up to show she is ready. Will this go on for a while?? Should we get a male turkey. Perplexed.

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Mating in turkeys is dictated by the hen. There's a biological urge to be mated by birds. It won't stop until she goes out of lay in the fall. Get a male if you want one. Be aware that sometimes a Tom can hurt a hen during mating if his claws and spurs are long. The hen will also squeal in distress during mating.
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Do you want to have fertile eggs/hatch poults? If not, there is no "need" to add a male turkey to the mix - being unmated will not cause damage to your hen.

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