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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:22 am 
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i have had turkeys for about 8 years and in the last 12 months this is the 2nd group of poults to eat each others snoods off
the first group were with chickens so i assumed that the chickens ate the poults snoods but this group is only poults
their are about 20 poults in this group all are 7-8 weeks old
has anyone else had this problem
and is there a solution


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:37 pm 
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Starbuck - have you been able to get an answer elsewhere to your problem?

I wonder if it related to feather picking and similar problems in chicks? I was hoping someone more knowledgeable than I about turkeys would shed some light on it.

Do you have photos to share?

For those not familliar with the term snood when used about turkey anatomy it the fleshy appendage that attaches just above the beak. :wink:

A Google of poults +cannabalism + rearing gave the following:

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Cannibalism:
With turkeys, cannibalism is a problem but this can be avoided by providing enough space to the turkeys. Things that seem to trigger cannibalism are too much light, too much heat, too many birds in a small area or too long without feed and water. A good remedy for cannibalism is debeaking, which entails removing a portion of the upper beak and little of the lower beak, which can be done easily on young birds.

With proper care, healthy turkeys should be ready for the market by 24 weeks of age, weighing about 25 pounds or more.
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http://www.poultrypages.com/raising-turkey.html

I'm pretty sure that would not be new info for you though - with 8 year's experience! :P

Any further info from when you posted?



(Completely off-top - :P I adopted a pair of kittens that had had their whiskers chewed off by litter mates - they sure looked funny for a while but whiskers grew back OK. :P )


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:06 pm 
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i thought no one was going to reply
no i have not found an answer as to why they are doing this
if i find the camera i will take a pic and show you on the young ones and what they look like as adults without their snood
it does make it hard to tell what they are until they are full grown though


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:18 pm 
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We have had this on occasion, and we've found that it's more through boredom than anything else. They also might want some more space. As poults grow so fast, they very quickly outgrow the quarters. Try scrunching up some alfoil into balls about 3 - 4 inches round. This seemed to work for us when we were brooding the commercial birds.
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