Will turkeys be too loud?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by sydney13, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to raise 3 turkeys this spring but am concerned about how noisy they are. Ive been looking through previous threads and heard all different things from turkeys are no louder than chickens to turkeys are one of the loudest types of poultry. I was thinking of raising 3 of the broad breasted turkeys so that they would be ready to process as soon as possible incase they become too loud.
    In your experience how loud are turkeys compared to chickens?
    Do the females gobble like the males do?
    About what age do they begin to gobble?
    Thanks :)
     
  2. Scottingitup

    Scottingitup Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Females do not gobble, they make many many other noises however. Some of them LOUD.
    Turkeys talk often at a lower volume, some sounds they make are very loud though. Consider the chicken egg song, once one gets going some others join in. The loudest noise is a "chirp" used for locating other members of the flock or expressing anger sometimes in hens.

    My males began gobbling around 10 weeks, really got into it at 14 weeks.
     
  3. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Not sure about the experience of others, last summer was my first year raising bb's and they were very quiet compared to my chickens even. The hens chirp allot (but it's pretty soft), and the tom gobbled on occasion, like when the crows cawed etc.. usually another noise spurred them to make any. I'm actually getting more turkeys Sunday because I really enjoyed having them around, they are far more personable than even my chickens are. If you just have a few birds, I don't think they will be that noisy.
     
  4. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replys :)
    Does anyone know if the smaller breeds like the midget whites would not be as loud as they larger breeds? Or are all breeds basically the same in terms if noise?
     
  5. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Basically all the same noise in my experience although we now only breed the midget white, now.
     
  6. FarmTillURdead

    FarmTillURdead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if you have close neighbors or not. But I do want to tell you that my Toms gobble at EVERYTHING. If I am outside working making any noise it is nearly constant at times. It's not very audible at 100 yards but at 40 it can get annoying. We are building a sawmill shed and every hammer bang, every saw start, every time we yell, every time the dog walks by, a crow flys over, the lawn mower, the barn door shuts.... you get the picture, all of them, at the same time. It doesn't bother me but they are my birds. We also don't have any neighbrs to worry about. It seems like other peoples birds don't do this but mine do! Perhaps with a dozen Toms there is a little more competition for gobbling rights.
    My hens make a high "pip" noise at everything also. Turkeys aren't quiet like hens... but aren't nearly as annoying as an obnoxious rooster.
     

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