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Boys or girl How will I know

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by psycoforsilkies, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. psycoforsilkies

    psycoforsilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 4 broad breasted bronze turkeys, how old before i can tell if they are boys or girls? how big of a fence to roam do they need, how long for heat lamp?[​IMG]
     
  2. FarmerGilland

    FarmerGilland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I could tell in about 3 weeks of age. My tom was proud to strut his stuff. Plus the tom will be bigger than the hens. As far as a fence I've heard 10x10 per turkey however I have a 10x16 and I have 5 turkeys and they are doing fine. The heat lamp I kept mine on them until I moved them outside. I really don't know on that one, Sorry.
     
  3. weirdturkeyfreak

    weirdturkeyfreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well by the looks of your baby that you posted (btw--OMG ITS SOOO CUUUUTEE!!) if its a boy it'll try to strut & gobble (which will sound REALLY weird the first couple times it comes from its beak) the girls are courageous they eat more bugs than the males, they fly more often, pick through their feathers, are smaller than the males, more often have smaller snoods, caruncles, & wattles & when they get bigger they'll start laying eggs (of course).
    hope i helped
     
  4. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When they get their adult feathers the hens will have white tips on the breast feathers. The juvenile feathers on both sexes will have lighter tips so you won't be able to feather sex until they get their adult plumage.
     
  5. psycoforsilkies

    psycoforsilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So here are the 4 of them they went to turkey Jail today Own brooder, Picking on the Silkies!

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    Names: Gobbler, Tom Tom. Pilgram, & Indian!
     
  6. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    I'm going to guess that the one on the right (lower pic) is probably female. I'm still working on improving my sex prediction by shape of skull :p Actually 60:40 for ten poults, so far.

    Keep the lamp at one end of the brooder (just raise it as behavior indicates) for awhile longer (make sure brooder is covered with something like hardware cloth as even the BB's, when little, do pop-up like corn on occasion (heritage poults are vertical take-off and landing addicts).
     
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  7. psycoforsilkies

    psycoforsilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh yeah these guys will be inside for awhile in the brooder they are only 2 weeks old, they were with my silkies but are now in turkey jail! there very own brooder they started picking on the babies! But they are so friendly you just got to side of brooder and call them and the come running! It is so cute and funny
     

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