Would hens be happier with mates or in their familiar home

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Attila the Hen, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Songster

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    Greetings:
    I have 2 midget white hens. Sadly, I had the tom put down this week so they are without a mate. He had an injury--not disease. The older hen (5 yrs old?) keeps squatting near me to mate. I feel badly that I can't help her. I know of a good home that will take the hens. There are lots of toms there.
    My question is: would the hens be happier in a place with toms or would moving them be more traumatic? I am assuming someone here knows the mind of a turkey. I sure don't.
    Any input would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Sorry for your loss. I think your hens will be very happy staying with you if you can keep them.
     
  3. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Songster

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    Thanks for your response. I can keep them but don't want them to be unhappy unable to follow their instincts.
     
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  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    My three hens are quite happy without a tom molesting them, lol. Sometimes when mine drop on the ground in front of me I will massage there back the way a tom would, then I give a give squeeze to their tail and that seems to make them quite happy. I'll try to get a video of me doing it, lol.
     
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  5. Farmgal101

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  6. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    I don’t have any experience with turkeys, but certainly hens are happy without cockerels. I’d keep them with you.
     
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  7. Attila the Hen

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    What a relief! I thought I was the only crazy turkey lady who tried to help out the hen. Even after I do my human/turkey imitation she continues to sit there waiting. I feel so bad for her. Really she is probably too old to hatch a bunch of chicks. She hasn't even laid any eggs--neither has her daughter come to think of it.
    Still, if you feel inclined to post a video I'll check it out. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.......LOL
     
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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    lol, no you aren't crazy! I can see it now, a thread called "how to satisfy your turkey hens"! :oops:
     
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  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    ducks, chickens, peafowl, or turkeys, mine all do fine without a cockbird around, and many seem to be happier actually.
     
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    R2elk Free Ranger

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