Bourbon Reds - Boys or Girls?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by 1littlefarmer, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. 1littlefarmer

    1littlefarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,
    I bought a "mating pair" of Bourbon Reds in November (these are my first turkeys) and have been all over the place in trying to figure out the gender of each one. I have gone back and forth as to which is the boy or girl or they're both boys or both girls... I am currently of the opinion they are both girls.

    They were hatched around September and these pictures we're taken today. They both fan their tail feathers but the big one's fan is all white and the feathers are the same length while the littler one has red feathers on the side of the fan and longer white feathers in the middle. My current female opinion is based on:
    They are 5 months + and they have little snoods
    I couldn't find a beard on either one
    Their feathers appear to be lighter along the edge vs. the darker that I believe males are supposed to be.

    What do y'all think? Sorry the pictures are a little fuzzy, it was just starting to get dark...




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  2. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By the feathers going up the back of the heads, I would say both are hens, but I haven't had Bourbon Reds, so maybe someone like Frank or Countrygirl will chime in here!
     
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  3. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    That first pic where you see both of the turkeys from behind and they BOTH have hair/feathers going up the back of their necks? That tells me that you probably have a very nice set of Bourbon hens. I could tell you for sure if I had a pic of their chests because the girlies will have white lacing on their breast feathers while the boys will have black lacing.
     
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  4. 1littlefarmer

    1littlefarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, that's what I thought. I'm pretty sure they have the white lacing and not the black, too.
     
  5. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BTW, Very pretty turkeys! [​IMG]
     
  6. wolfie115

    wolfie115 Out Of The Brooder

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    Judging by the feathers up the neck I would say you've got a pair of pretty red ladies. :) I have a lovely tom that I would love to get some girls for. XD
     

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