What do you suggest that I do?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by peewee, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. peewee

    peewee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a turkey tom that I bought a couple of months ago. Long story short he was hurt being put into the transfer box. I didn't notice until after I brought him home and put him into quarantine. After a trip to the vet the verdict is that he will always have a limp. Severity of the limp should go down as long as he keeps healing. I have tried to integrate him into the rest of the flock but everyone beats up on him so I built him a small run (@6'x8' including the hutch) just for himself with a large hut for sleeping in that he really likes alot (no more roosting for him). My question is what type of "buddy" would be best to put in with him? As soon as the others head off to the big coop for the night he tries to follow them and seems quite bothered to be left alone. Problem with this is obviously I do not have enough room for another turkey in that space (I had to build it small so he does not have to walk very far to get where he wanted to go) and second I have to watch his feed really well. NO FAT turkey here. I have to keep him light. Would a small bantam chicken work do you think? Or is there another option that I have not thought of yet? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. terri9630

    terri9630 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd wait until he is as healed as he's going to get and try to put him with the rest. They are going to beat up on him a bit to establish the pecking order, it will probally happen even if you just put one in with him.
     
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep in mind too that breeding season is coming up. If you put a bantam chicken in there and he decides to try to breed with it... I have lost large breed hens to that before when I over wintered my turkeys in with the chickens.
     
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  4. peewee

    peewee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much. I guess that I will just have to keep him separate. I was not even thinking about breeding season coming up. I don't need two birds with special needs.
     
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of turkey is he and how old is he? I have a 3 year old RP with a bad limp and he rules the yard. You should put a turkey hen in with him or let him out to establish the pecking order. Just watch them to make sure things don't go to far. Any time you introduce a new bird to your flock there will be some fighting. Just don't let them kill eachother.
     

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