Turkeys: keeping a Male & Female together

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by NewToTheFarm22, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. NewToTheFarm22

    NewToTheFarm22 New Egg

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    Hi there I'm new haha and my question is: is it safe to keep a male and female turkey together? I feel like it's a dumb question, I see pictures and posts all the time with them together, but I wanted to check and make sure. I've owned a beautiful female Narragansett turkey for about 8 months now, bought her when she was around 4-5 months I think, but I don't know how to tell ages so I really have no idea. She's been kept with our chickens ever since and for the most part it's been totally fine. She didn't bully them, they didn't gang up on her. Even the rooster knew to be nice and she returned the favor. Well, I recently bought a young male Bourbon Red turkey. He's a handsome boy and I already like him a lot, comes right to me when it's time to feed whereas she usually keeps her distance. I believe he's around 7 months old, but again I'm not sure. They're actually about the same size, though she is still a little bigger. I finally removed her from the chicken coop yesterday and put her in with him in their own enclosure. I was shocked when she immediately attacked him. I've seen chickens go at it, and I expected a short dominancy challenge, but she just kept going at him. She's never seemed aggressive. He never even tried to fight back, just kept running away and she kept pecking and latching onto his neck skin and flogging at him. I didn't know if this was normal or not? That was yesterday, I stayed outside with them for about two hours. Today, she hasn't attacked so far that I've seen, but they're keeping their distance from each other. I just wanted to make I didn't need to seperate them because I'd hate for something to happen to the male?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    They are still young and fights are about territory, after they mature a bit I'm sure they will like each other, turkeys are pretty tough as far as fighting, at this point I would let them work it out, I don't think either can cause any real damages beyond skin abrasions.

    She is doing the attacking because she's claiming the territory, he's running because he hasn't been there long enough to feel comfortable.
     
  3. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    She's making sure he knows whose boss :lol:

    I agree. They should settle down.
     
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