whats the best tom to hen ratio?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by dragontamer56, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. dragontamer56

    dragontamer56 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got 5 hens and a tom a couple of weeks ago and i was wondering what is the best ratio for them. Should i get another tom? I want to hatch out the eggs that are already in the incubator and keep about five hens and trade the tom i have now for another so not to cause inbreeding. I know that with tenhens i would need more than one.
     
  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    A young Tom should be able to cover 10 hens no problem.
     
  3. weirdturkeyfreak

    weirdturkeyfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey
    If you get another tom they'll fight.
    Unless the turkey didn't "pick" you. (They'll pick a person who they like most.)
    So you can risk it (they're not like roosters-- who will fight till death) but they will
    injure themselves pretty bad

    Hope I helped,
    Jackie
     
  4. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The "best" ratio depends on what your goals are. If you want to establish some kind of rotational breeding schedule without having a huge flock, one-to-one might be the best thing. If you want to maximize the number of eggs with the fewest adults birds, you want lots of hens per tom. I keep very few birds over the winter, but I want unrelated birds. This year I am planing on keeping two toms and three hens, so that I will have unrelated lines next year without having too many eggs. I only want to have 20-30 birds at a time. If you keep five hens, and they all make nests, you could find yourself with 50 poults in a hurry one day [​IMG]
     

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