Turkeys Stomping

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by jc12551, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. jc12551

    jc12551 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can all laugh at me over this. I am sure all of the experienced turkey keepers knew about this behaviors....

    On Monday I was home with my youngest and I kept hearing someone knocking on the door. I work/live at a boarding school so I am used to students being around, plus I have several neighbors who stop by to buy eggs. But every time I opened the door, no one was there! I figured either the kids were playing pranks, I was imagining things, or the turkeys were knocking on the front door like they do sometimes.

    Later that day I went out to hang up some laundry. One of my four toms came up to me displaying like usual. Then he started stomping on the ground! The other three toms joined in. I was flabbergasted since I have never seen this behavior before. Up to this point they just puff/hiss, strut, and gobble. The next time I thought I heard knocking on the door I looked out the back window, put 2 and 2 together and realized what I was hearing was the turkey toms stomping.

    Was this aggression? Mating behavior? I did an internet search and got nothing.

    There are four toms, about 10 months old, bourbon reds.
     
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
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    We have only seen it during breeding season.

    It does seem fairly normal.
     
  3. jc12551

    jc12551 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was hilarious and I would love to see it again. Reminded me of a scene from Happy Feet.
     
  4. g&h farm

    g&h farm Out Of The Brooder

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    I saw my bourbon tom stomping for the first time yesterday. Very funny. I wasnt sure if it was aggressive either as he is in quarantine for bad behavior these days. He soon to be our first turkey to go to the roaster after attacking my 4yr old. I didnt think I was ready for that with him but its amazing what your ok with when your child is involved.
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    That is the funniest thing to see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lau

    I love it when my boys are all stomping. :lau


    I will try to get video next time I see them doing it.
     
  6. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

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    My toms stomp all the time, especially now that it's mating season. You're right, it does look like a scene from Happy Feet [​IMG]
     
  7. exop

    exop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've watched mine do it... it's not just simple alternating sides, you stand on one foot and STOMP STOMP STOMP on tiptoe with the other foot. or STOMP STOMP, to mix it up. Then switch sides really fast and STOMP STOMP STOMP with the original foot. Switch back! STOMP STOMP / STOMP STOMP STOMP / STOMP STOMP STOMP / STOMP STOMP / STOMP STOMP STOMP STOMP all while puffing out your back feathers, arching your back, pressing your dropped wings to the ground, and staring downwards, turning your head a little. Does this routine makes you fantastically attractive from a turkey point of view? Or just prove that you are co-ordinated and artistically talented? It's actually pretty hard to do (the footwork part - I have tried to imitate it and gotten tangled up in the rhythm.)

    Best - exop
     
  8. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Does this routine makes you fantastically attractive from a turkey point of view? Or just prove that you are co-ordinated and artistically talented? It's actually pretty hard to do (the footwork part - I have tried to imitate it and gotten tangled up in the rhythm.)

    He'll be out there gobbling and strutting with them before long... :p :lol:
     
  9. blueridgefarmer

    blueridgefarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    what if your big tom (bourbon red) is on top another turkey stomping away ( the turkey is younger, and I am pretty sure it is also a tom) is the big one trying to kill the younger one???? I don't want an injury on my hands
     
  10. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not aggresive. If what I'm reading is right. Sounds like the mating dance they do on a hens back.
     

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