- Mar 2, 2011
Hello everybody,I'm new here. My husband and I have had chickens and turkeys for about four years now and never had a problem,until now that is. We've always free-ranged all our birds and just shut them in at night,they've always gotten along fine before. This bunch though has been a batch of trouble,they hang around the house getting into stuff and tearing things up and just generally seem to look for trouble. Today I stepped outside to find them all surrounding my favourite old rooster and beating him up,they had him on the ground and if I hadn't stepped in they would've killed him. This rooster is a complete gentleman,he takes care of his hens,doesn't beat them up,and is very tame. Whenever I've had to handle him he has always been very docile,just waits for me to finish helping him. It's like he KNOWS I'm not going to hurt him. I've got him in a box in the house right now,but I can't keep the old boy shut up in the house in a box forever. I detest this bunch of turkeys but feel like I should make at least some effort to restore peace in the flock before resorting to getting rid of them. We don't own the place we live on and like I said we free range our birds so there's never been a reason for a pen or anything like that,just the coop. Luckily the turkeys have taken to roosting in the old barn at night,but during the day what the heck can I do?