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8 year old Tom Turkey (dropped?) his beard.

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I have a 8 year old Royla Palm Tom Turkey who is very healthy but a couple of weeks ago I relized his beard had shortened, his was at least 6 inches and now is only 2. Have never heard of them shedding their beards before. Any information would be great.
Thanks!
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Beards can get torn out, the end can get broken off or they can experience snow rot from dragging it through the snow.
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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.
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I have a 8 year old Royal Palm Tom Turkey who is very healthy but a couple of weeks ago I realized his beard had shortened, his was at least 6 inches and now is only 2. Have never heard of them shedding their beards before. Any information would be great.
Thanks!


I assume that the tom is in with hens.  I have personally witnessed hens eating the beards of toms and also those of bearded hens.  My bearded hen had a 6" beard last year which the other hens ate down to its current 2".  They did the same to the tom that had an 8" beard and ate it down to about one inch.


Edited by R2elk - 3/29/16 at 6:13pm

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Any ideas on why they do that?
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Any ideas on why they do that?


They are birds.  Who knows what goes on in their tiny little brains.  From witnessing the act it actually looks like they are grooming the beard and no attempt is made by the tom to stop them.  But every "grooming" the beard ends up shorter.

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