BR breeding jake

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by crealbilly, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two BR jakes and two hens. I need to decide which Jake will be Thanksgiving dinner and which one will be over wintered with the two hens. With hopes the hens will brood some chicks come early spring.

    Which jake would you choose? The one on the left is just starting to get a beard. The one on the right displays more.
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    Another pic of the one on the left
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    And the one on the right
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  2. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unless you are breeding for standard, why not go with the one with the better personality. Or wait until closer to Thanksgiving and keep the bigger/more mature one. That way the offspring have the more robust genes. Just some thoughts.
     
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  3. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats exactly the kind of info im looking for... im totally new just getting started with turkeys and looking for a common sense approach to breeding.

    Thank You
     
  4. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're welcome. I don't have any turkeys but it's what I considered when deciding which of my male quail to keep for breeding. I'm hoping to get turkey when I move to a place that allows them. So sometimes I lurk in the turkey forum. [​IMG]
     
  5. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive been thinking about getting some quail but my chickens and turkeys seem to be enough for me at this time. I actually like rasing turkeys better than chickens. Turkeys are so full of personalty --->
     
  6. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aw that's an adorable video. So cute how they talk back to her.
    I've got quail, chicken, and duck. The quail are mostly for meat as that's the only thing I can easily raise in a small space. I'd have turkey if I could but I'm in the city. I'm hoping to move to a place with more land within the year so I'm doing research now to have a mental idea of what they'll need. I like the idea of having a turkey at Thanksgiving that I raised.
     
  7. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sometimes open the turkey yard door and let her in. Turkey Toms stand taller then her, she shows no fear at all and all the turkeys want is for her to hug them. Its just plain stange how they've taken up to her like that. I feed and water them and they haven't taken up to me like that. But then again one Tom is named Thanksgiving -:lol
     
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  8. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Noticed something a little odd today... the jake that displays a lot more than the other, is having the tips of his tail feathers plucked by the jake who has the berd and displays a lot less. I seen it happening...

    Is this some kind of dominance behavior?

    Here is a pic of the jake whos tail feathers are getting plucked by the other jake.
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  9. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Normal behavior between toms.
     
  10. crealbilly

    crealbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My BR Tom's showing off for my grand daughter.

     

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