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post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by R2elk View Post


Your turkeys are old enough now to use the breast feather test.  The ones whose breast feathers have a light colored lower edge are hens.  The ones whose breast feathers do not have a light colored edge are toms.

Yes in a pair of two toms one that is not dominant may not strut at all.

Good luck.
post #22 of 25
Ok. Thank you. Yep, he is a Tom. Appreciate the info. Now, can I keep two toms with two hens?
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by BOrion View Post

Ok. Thank you. Yep, he is a Tom. Appreciate the info. Now, can I keep two toms with two hens?


You can but I don't recommend it.  Toms are not in any way monogamous and often when in equal numbers to hens end up without any successful breeding happening.  The tom that is not making the breeding attempt will normally attack the other tom and knock him off of the hen.  This can even cause the hen to become injured.

 

Good luck.

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Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

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post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

The beard on a turkey is the black funky feather growing out of the center of the chest, both sexes can have them, but mostly toms do.

Oh, I think I seen it before, I just thought it was a funky feather that was due to fall off. I only seen it on 1 of the turkeys. When do they start growing them, otherwise, will the tom and hen spar?

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Trying out the homesteading life!

Not just for self sustainability, but to teach and involve our family in the making, caring and cultivating processes of all life. Veggies, Fruit, Meat & Eggs. To grow enough veggies and fruit to raise the flock on, along with creating a backyard flock capable of reproducing meat and eggs.

 

Next adventure for 2017~ Canning and raising beef~

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post #25 of 25
I think they start coming in closer to a year of age, and I'm not sure if males and females will go at it, I've always had multiple of each sex and they will occasionally fight amongst themselves but I've not seen a hen and a Tom go at it, though I'm sure they might if it's only the two of them.
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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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