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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:30 am 
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Proud Rooster
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I have two bronze turkey poults, about a month old. One is with its Turkey mum, the other with a reliable hen (I took one away upon hatching as her eggs were rolling away and were being taken by ravens - she free ranges. The poult with my hen is substantially bigger then the free ranging one. I am assuming that at a month old, I cannot sex them yet so would the difference in sizes due to how they are being raised? Obviously the one with the Turkey he is a lot more active and eats a more varied diet then the one that is in a coop.

I must say that my gobbler is an amazing dad. I have read a lot where it has been suggested to remove the male but he is very protective of the baby. Mum will sometimes roost and he stays with it. If a hen annoys it, he will go for them and I often see baby walking alongside dad. He is a very gentle bird by nature so I am hoping the babies get his personality.


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 Post subject: Re: Turkey Poults
PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:34 am 
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Wise Wyandotte
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Yes the free range one is probably exercising more and probably on a less nutrient dense diet.


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 Post subject: Re: Turkey Poults
PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:32 pm 
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Is it normal for Toms to raise poults? Mum isn't terribly interested in her baby now and at night will roost on a fence whilst dad sits on baby :) He is very gentle with it but will chase off any of the other poultry if he thinks they are giving baby a hard time. Mum goes off and does her own thing, and dad will follow a bit of a distance behind her and the poult will be with him. Amazing birds.


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 Post subject: Re: Turkey Poults
PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:12 am 
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Prime Pekin
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Toms do make good dads most of the time and not uncommon to have them sit on eggs too.I will make a bet that the poult with him is a hen ;-)


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