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post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by HappyMtn 

Sometimes if you have an older or more dominant roo, the "lesser" males hold back on their crowing.


Agree

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post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by PatientWaitFarms 

I think I have hermaphrodite turkey!  I started with a trio of a rare breed -- convinced I had 2 toms and one hen.  At 4 months I caught all 2 strutting -- but the one I thought was a hen would never gobble.  The strutting lasted about a couple of weeks and "she" returned to being a hen.  I lost the 2 toms to a neighbors dog -- and assumed I was left with a hen.  About a week or so (now at 7 months old) my hen is now growing a snoot -- but not nearly as long as a tom would have at this stage.  Once in a while "she" will try to mimic the toms I have of another breed -- but many times remains silent when they gobble.  Not sure if this is a late bloomer -- or possibly the other.  Gail in SC


I think you have a hen turkey. The have snoods too and some even grow beards and spurs. Some like to mimic. Even hen chickens can look rooish and crow. But I have never heard of hens preforming these actions as well as a male of the same kind. smile

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post #13 of 23

slow maturing roo.

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post #14 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by HappyMtn 

Sometimes if you have an older or more dominant roo, the "lesser" males hold back on their crowing.


I agree.  The lesser males can be quite talented at staying incognito.  I would be too if I knew I was gonna get my butt whipped by the stronger alpha roo.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by jeslewmazer 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PatientWaitFarms 

I think I have hermaphrodite turkey!  I started with a trio of a rare breed -- convinced I had 2 toms and one hen.  At 4 months I caught all 2 strutting -- but the one I thought was a hen would never gobble.  The strutting lasted about a couple of weeks and "she" returned to being a hen.  I lost the 2 toms to a neighbors dog -- and assumed I was left with a hen.  About a week or so (now at 7 months old) my hen is now growing a snoot -- but not nearly as long as a tom would have at this stage.  Once in a while "she" will try to mimic the toms I have of another breed -- but many times remains silent when they gobble.  Not sure if this is a late bloomer -- or possibly the other.  Gail in SC


I think you have a hen turkey. The have snoods too and some even grow beards and spurs. Some like to mimic. Even hen chickens can look rooish and crow. But I have never heard of hens preforming these actions as well as a male of the same kind. smile


I have a hen turk with a 4 inch beard. For the longest time we thought she was a tom because of her beard & strutting. She turned out to be the BEST mother & protects my whole flock from hawks. She is a hand raised 6 year old who loves to be carried. SPOILED!!!
If there is a hawk around, all but her run for the barn. She waits for the predator. We have seen her several times chase off hawks & crows that land in the trees or barn lot.

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post #16 of 23

Did it lay an egg? I have a Black Sexlink that is questionable.  Looks like a roo but lays eggs. Her eggs look fertile according to this link I found.   http://www.squidoo.com/fertilechickeneggs
Her
eggs have the Blastoderm. I am going to put one under my setting broody BO and see what happens.


Edited by MrRoy - 1/20/10 at 8:40am

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post #17 of 23

All eggs have a blastoderm.

post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by Dustin Biery 

All eggs have a blastoderm.


When the blastodisc forms a bullseye appearence it is a sign the egg is fertile and is then referred to as a blastoderm .

post #19 of 23

Some strange things happen. Check this out: http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKChange.html

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recently had a hen stop laying and start to crow. Sold it as a "magical gender-bending chicken".

post #20 of 23

I have two roos, one has a much larger comb and wattles than the less dominant one. I think that wattles and combs grow bigger on the dominant roos. Just my opinion.

"Until it crows, one never knows." -Me

 

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