A couple of questions about a "pair" of Bourbon Reds

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by keyt1969, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. keyt1969

    keyt1969 Songster

    Last year about this time we picked up 12 BBB poults. They were our first experience with turkeys that I think went pretty well. A while after purchasing them. I picked up these two BR that I wanted for pets. I didn't worry about sex then, but now I'm a bit curious.

    For a while I thought these two were a pair.


    Although the pic doesn't really show it, the one in the back is larger than the other and also the one I have been thinking is a male.


    The one I believe to be female


    The one I think is male. Am I write or wrong? Until Spring they are in a fairly small enclosure so I haven't seen either display nor a longer snood. Neither one of us can remember if we've heard gobbles lol

    Also, when I walk up to the enclosure to feed them, they will both lay down like this. First it was just the one I thought was a female then the other started doing it. Is that normal? Is it a fear thing? When I feed them I will pet them and they will both make noises that sounds like a purring cat! As soon as i leave they get up to eat.
  2. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    they are both hens and they both think your their tom thats why they lay down for you.
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  3. doop

    doop In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2011
    n.e minnesota
    +1. My hand raised hen lays down for me too, but the hen raised wants nothing to do with me.
  4. Ryan521

    Ryan521 Chirping

    Feb 22, 2012
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    I agree, but those aren't bourbon reds. I might be wrong but bourbon reds are a chestnut color with white on the tail and wings. I'm new to turkeys but the only way they could be bourbons is if they are crosses.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013
  5. Kitty86

    Kitty86 In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2013
    yeah i was about to say those dont look like the burbon red tom i had.. he was red with white tail with red tips and white parts on his wings
  6. keyt1969

    keyt1969 Songster

    Yeah I kinda wondered that myself. I was thinking BR and BBB. Oh well I don't really care. I was debating what to do with them. Although they are very sweet, I really wanted a BR pair. If I could find eggs that I could trust would be fertile I'd buy some. Last year a friend of mine graciously purchased a total of 14 BR eggs for me and not one of them were fertile.

    Thanks for the help everyone!!

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