any help with sexing royal palms with pics

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by jimmythechicken, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2010
    mansfield
    we have 3 royal palms i thought i had 2 toms an a hen but now i just dont know?analso how old do you these birds are?
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    the first body pick goes with the first head pick an so on please tell me what you thin i hope i dont have to get rid of all my palm because they are all toms or try to find a hen.
     
  2. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    Turkeys are real hard to tell until you either see them mount a hen or lay an egg in my opinion. They appear to only be a couple months old if that. The size of them in your hand, they seem pretty small (6 weeks)

    If I had to guess, I would say the first one is a boy and the rest are girls only based on the waddle size.......and how upright it seems to be walking. I have 5 turkeys myself and I have my suspicions on what they are, but I only know 1 for absolute sure because she lays eggs. The other 4 are only about 4 months old. Still can't really tell.....

    Best of luck and I hope someone else can help you out!
     
  3. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2010
    mansfield
    from your lips to gods ears lol
     
  4. turkaholic

    turkaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At that age going by wattle size can be deceiving. Some males develop theirs slower than others. One method I use is going by the middle toe length. Males will have a longer toe, slightly larger feet overall, than the hens and this will get even more pronounced in the coming weeks.

    Just from what I see, I'd also say two hens, and POSSIBLY a male.[​IMG]
     
  5. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:On royal palms it's simple, the hens do not get black lacing on their breast feathers, if the breast stays solid white, it;s a hen, if you see any color coming in, it's a jake
    They are still a little young to tell like this, another month or so and you should be able to see it easily. the only black on hens will be on their wing/back and obviously the tail.
    Aside from that it's just guessing
    But yes like Turkaholic said, the larger thicker legs and toes are another good indicator, but they have to all be the same age for that to work, though those first pics do look thick legged
     
  6. gobblecluck

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    with the head shots i would say the top and bottom birds are males and the middle is female. i am judging by the caruncles. they are the bulbous growths where the neck skin meets the feathers. seeing as how the middle pic does not have any noticeable caruncles whereas the other two do she would most likely be a hen.
     
  7. gobblecluck

    gobblecluck Out Of The Brooder

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    with the head shots i would say the top and bottom birds are males and the middle is female. i am judging by the caruncles. they are the bulbous growths where the neck skin meets the feathers. seeing as how the middle pic does not have any noticeable caruncles whereas the other two do she would most likely be a hen.
     
  8. gobblecluck

    gobblecluck Out Of The Brooder

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    with the head shots i would say the top and bottom birds are males and the middle is female. i am judging by the caruncles. they are the bulbous growths where the neck skin meets the feathers. seeing as how the middle pic does not have any noticeable caruncles whereas the other two do she would most likely be a hen.
     
  9. gobblecluck

    gobblecluck Out Of The Brooder

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    sorry got a little happy with my trigger finger
     

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