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How to sex a turkey?

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I have a turkey that is 6 months old that until two weeks ago thought was a hen. Now all the signs of a tom. Do done take that long to mature? Added some pics both are same bird. Want to get a mate just not 100% at this time what to get. [IMG]
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I am by far no expert but I will say that's a tom!

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A proud member of 4h and a strong bearer of the Pacific Northwest and its Cold, not to mention a chicken mommy of 3 Cochins, 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 2 Bantam EE, 1 RIR/EE Mix, 1 Mille Fleur Booted Bantam, and 2 bantam OEGB's, a Black Bearded Silkie and a double laced silver Plymouth Bantam!
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That is a pretty tom! I had one that didnt start strutting till about 6 months too. Is the a blue palm? And di it come from poreters?? Also you should come to the Century of turkey talk thread!!
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Nice looking blue palm tom.

I can usually tell sex fairly early by leg/body size. Carnucle development on the neck.

But I had a blue red bronze that I thought was a hen and at about 5 months old it gobbled. It was just a slow developer I guess. Up til then it had a small snood thin legs and was smaller than what he was hatched with.

Now he is as big or bigger than the others. E ery now and then one has to keep you in suspense.

Fun of turkeys.
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