Turkey's won't let the chickens roost with them?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by bjw113, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. bjw113

    bjw113 Out Of The Brooder

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    We've had our 23 chickens for about 6 months now and got the turkeys probably 3 months ago (they were already about 2-3 months old). The turkey obviously grew rapidly and everyone seems to co-habitate fine except I've noticed this past week that none of my chickens are using the roost bars. Yesterday while I was in the hen house, one of my hens jumped up to the roosting bars. The turkey almost immediately followed her. Very slowly (over a period of 6-7 minutes) made her way over to the hen and pushed her off the bar! So I am assuming this is why no-one is roosting except for the turkeys. My husband considered making a barrier ( basically splittling the roosting bar) hoping the turkeys would use one side and this would leave the other side open to the hens. Any other ideas? Also we were told we had a hen & tom when we got our turkey pair. Both seem about the same (one may be slightly smaller), have seen both gobble and strut (although not for very long). The snods are about the same size on both turkeys. Not overly large, just slightly hanging. I planned on getting pictures today, but ran out of time. Can anyone give me some additional ways to tell if I have two hens, or if for sure I have a tom too? Thanks so much.
     
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Can you build a roost that the turkeys cannot get on?
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Whenever you post your pics, we may be able to help you more.

    I had the same problem as you but luckily I have enough chicken houses and coops (total of 10 houses/coops) where they have their choice of where they want to sleep. I let them work it out.
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Probably anything that is built, her turkeys will be able to roost on. My turkeys can fly in my pecan trees, so I'm sure her turkeys will try out anything "new" that is built.
     

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