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at what age can you tell male/female turkey apart?

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I have 4 pet Narragansette turkey that are about 3 months old....snoods are all small, necks are just starting to turn reddish with a hint of blue/gray? but heads are still kind of sprinkled with tiny feathers. No one has attempted to strutt or display. I was hoping for 2 of each sex but I think I have all one- just not sure which. No one is making any distinctive sounds yet either...

 

 

When do the snoods develop- at what age should I be able to tell what sex I have by external features.

 

Thanks.


Edited by allmypeeps - 9/5/12 at 8:19pm

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"...the world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing..." -Albert Einstien

4 rescued herding mixes, 2 rescued kitties, bantam cochins and one roo- with an assortment of spring chicks on the way! Not to mention a wonderful soon to be husband that loves to BUILD!!! Lucky me!

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By 12 weeks you should have a good feel.  Tom narragansetts will be darker than hens, and the breast feathers will appear dark-tipped.  Hens will have light tipped feathers just like bronzes.  If none of the snoods have elongated yet, it sounds like you have all hens.

Chickens were fun...until I got turkeys!
Narragansetts, Golden Narragnasetts, Royal Palms, Calico, Standard Bronze, Red Bronze, (and a few BB Bronze..but don't tell anyone!)
Mixed flock of laying hens
Mixed-stock pigs

Two-many horses

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Chickens were fun...until I got turkeys!
Narragansetts, Golden Narragnasetts, Royal Palms, Calico, Standard Bronze, Red Bronze, (and a few BB Bronze..but don't tell anyone!)
Mixed flock of laying hens
Mixed-stock pigs

Two-many horses

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I agree with LAGERDOGGER if you don't see a major difference in them in size and snood size you may have all Hens unless you have a late bloomer I had 2 that I thought were Hens at first but finally came in to bloom.

This is not a problem unless you wanted to breed them and if you do .

Keep your fingers crossed or keep an eye out to buy a Tom.

Good luck.
 


Edited by frank53061 - 9/9/12 at 9:55am
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