Turkeys mating with chickens

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Roostermom3, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. Roostermom3

    Roostermom3 Just Hatched

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    I have two tom turkeys just coming to maturity. Today I saw one mating with one of my chickens. I have read that they can hurt a hen due to their larger size. My question is should I purchase a turkey hen to save my chickens or will the boys fight over a turkey hen? The turkeys are purely pets. Thanks.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] One turkey hen would be overbred by the toms. Separate them from the chicken hens before they injure them.
     
  3. Roostermom3

    Roostermom3 Just Hatched

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    They free range together so that's not possible. Thanks though.
     
  4. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Perhaps you could swap one of the toms for at least one turkey hen but they really do better with 4 to 5 hens per tom. If you don't do something, be prepared for dead chickens.
     
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  5. holisticangel

    holisticangel New Egg

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    My turkey is very attached to my 2 hens. Could they mate
     
  6. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Not successfully and very likely to cause injury or death to the chickens.
     
  7. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They'll crush the hens to death if you don't pen them up or get them some turkey hens, like 3 or 4 for two toms.
     
  8. Roostermom3

    Roostermom3 Just Hatched

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    Getting a few hens seems like a good idea. I just have to find some. Thanks for the advice.
     

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