Okay, so, a few months ago I rescued two turkey chicks. Their names are Bodean and Bocephus, (even though they are both hens... But whatever.) and have grown incredibly attached. They were kept in my room in a cage untill they were big enough to be moved outside and have outgrown their "turkey hut" twice. This last turkey hut was just recently built, but I only built it to be a temporary home untill I can built them a more permanent residence.
Alright so, here was my idea. Our hicken coop is pretty big, and right now only housing six hens. Our chickens are free range and only get put in at night, so are my turkeys. My idea was to introduce the turkeys into the flock as I would if they were chickens... (Snatch them up and plop them in in the middle of the night. When the hens wake up, they act as if they've been there a million years.) However, these turkeys are not chickens... They're turkeys. And they're huge... And they GOBBLE. And there is no similarity, not even remotely, between them and my hens... And I would perfer that they don't get pecked to death.
Do you think that it would be a possability that the hens will overlook their seemingly radical physical differences and get along? Or am I completely bonkers for even thinking? I don't want any hate crimes, and hens are pretty big on discrimination. Has anyone tried this before?
Any help would be appreciated!
"I was eight years old, and I've never forgotten her face when she told me about watching you ride. She told me she saw you, and your horse was dancing in the moonlight."
-- A.C. Crispin's "Sylvester"