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I have 4 turkeys, they are 7 months old. Ive had them since they hatched. 1 bronze we know with out a doubt is a male and the 3 whites are confusing us. 2 out of the 3 have small beards but my male tried to mate with one with the beard. Ive been told females can have a beard and will fall off with in a year but I just want to make sure that we really do have 2 males and 2 females

 

post #2 of 5

Are these Broad Breasted Bronze and Broad Breasted Whites?

 

If you're wanting to breed then you need to consider Heritage Breeds instead. The Broad Breasted "commercial" type birds get too heavy (bred for fast growing and large "table birds") and a male can seriously injure a female and it is why they are artificially inseminated.

 

You will not have that issue with Heritage breeds because they grow slower and are smaller.

 

The White he tried to mount may be a female or could have been establishing dominance (sorry I can't tell from the picture ).

 

I'll let a more experienced turkey owner give you a better answer to your question.

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You win some and lose some. When at first you don't succeed: try... try... try... try and try again.

 

How to Provide Emergency and Supportive Care        

Maintaining a Healthy Flock

Chicken Injuries & Diseases

Poop Chart 

Emergency Helpful References & Links

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post #3 of 5
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no we are not looking to breed. We are just wondering what we really have here

post #4 of 5

The whites look like females to me. Do they every puff up like the bronze? The boys typically have a lot more caruncle development on the head.

post #5 of 5
It can be hard sometimes to tell the sex of turkeys when they are younger, yours appear to be hens, they should be gobbling and strutting by seven months, and hens do get beards, it's normal but not common, and they won't fall off.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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