Will my new turkey become tame?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by turkeymom, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. turkeymom

    turkeymom Out Of The Brooder

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    Apr 15, 2010
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    Well, I finally found a bourbon red hen for our pet tom, but she was raised in a pen with a lot of other turkeys (I know, surprise, surprise LOL) and is pretty freaked out when we get close to her quarrantine pen. Will she ever get used to people or take treats from our hand? Our tom follows us around like a dog, and I'd like her to be able to hang out with him eventually. She's only about 6 months, so I'm hoping with time, she'll settle down. Any tips?
     
  2. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    If you just got her she is still unsure from the move. Go slowly around her and try some whole corn, ours will mob you for it. If your tom is nice and calm after the quarrantine period he will help her to calm down.

    Steve
     
  3. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    She's still young and she's a Bourbon so I've got all the faith in the world that if you take it slow and easy around her and of course give her plenty of treats she'll be a HUGE Pain in the butt soon enough. My suggestion? Grapes.
     
  4. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    Mine love cracked corn. The 5 heritage birds I have are not as friendly as the BBB's I have, but they are coming around slowly. They avoided me completely at first, and now they run to me. They still won't take food out of my hand.

    Give them time, and treats. Makes it easier to catch on butcher day. [​IMG]
     
  5. turkeymom

    turkeymom Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone. She won't touch the treats I leave in her pen, but she is eating her food well, so I'm just giving her a tiny bit of food at a time, so she'll associate me with the food. Hopefully, by the time she's ready to join the others, she at least won't run away.
    We use the electric poultry netting, which a turkey could really fly over, so I can't let her out until she feels 'at home'.
     

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