Any tell tale signs for RP poult gender?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by sweeterdeeter42, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. sweeterdeeter42

    sweeterdeeter42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are there any tell tale signs that hint at the gender for Royal Palm poults? This is my first ever poult, I hatched it out myself. All the other turkeys Ive ever bought were already a few months old.
     
  2. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

    May 20, 2009
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    Their personality and size of their snood is the first sign. Were in Northern Illinois are you? There are such a small number of us Northern Illinis on BYC
     
  3. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
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    Yes, when they get about 12-14 weeks and loose the feathers off their head and start to strut and gobble. Other than that, it's just a good guess. Even young hens strut.
     
  4. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For me, royal palms are among the latest to figure out the sex. For some reason, bronze and narragnasett seem easier to me. There are lots of characteristics that develop gradually, but there is also room for a lot of error in judgement...snood size, caruncles, legs. But by 12 weeks or so it should start to be more obvious.
     
  5. TV

    TV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look at the brast feathers; if they start to have black edges it's a tom. Hens have a white breast.
     
  6. sweeterdeeter42

    sweeterdeeter42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am between Rockford and Roscoe.
     
  7. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

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    Quote:I am between Rockford and Roscoe.

    I am in Capron, we are so close!
     
  8. sweeterdeeter42

    sweeterdeeter42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:At what age do they start getting black in their feathers? So far, it is completely white. And in the SOP, the hen also has a black band on the edge of the breast feathers. But no hens I have seen do. What is with that?
     
  9. TV

    TV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By 8wks. they'll start to show some color. The SOP also shows 2 black bands on the tail feathers but is not correct either.
     

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