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BR Turkey Gender help

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Shifty Joe, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Shifty Joe

    Shifty Joe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2010
    Bentonville Arkansas
    This fine boy/girl is my first bourbon red turkey and is now about 2 1/2 months old. Any thoughts about what T's gender might be? Extra bonus points if you can help me win my bet with the wife about it being a Tom. [​IMG]

  2. FarmerGilland

    FarmerGilland Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    On Top of the Mountain
    by looking at the snood it appears to be a tom
  3. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

    May 20, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    No, I believe its a hen(I always take the womens side) [​IMG] [​IMG] No, it would have caruncles by now
  4. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Looks like a young tom!
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    He'll be a fine looking tom when he finishes growing out.
  6. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

    May 20, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    Quote:I must be really bad at sexing turkeys, mine are 2 weeks younger than the OPs and my males have caruncles on the bottom of there necks already
  7. Shifty Joe

    Shifty Joe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2010
    Bentonville Arkansas
    You guys are awesome!!! (don't feel bad, wife isn't wrong often) "T" is a regular mood ring and can get a bit red in the face. [​IMG] Thanks all.
  8. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    For some reason. I think BRs and RPs are take the longest to figure out. The narragansetts and the bronze toms almost always seem to get nice caruncles and a big snood and larger feet and grow faster than the hens. The bourbon reds and the palms just don't seem to show all the characteristics as soon as the others. My first batch this year is about 12 weeks old, and I am very confident in all the birds except the bourbon reds, where I think I have two toms, one hen, and one unknown. The two new royal palms I have left I think are a tom and a hen, but that judgement is only based on color. Snoods, necks, and feet look similar still.

    I would also lean towards tom, but I think this one has the potential to fool us. Last year I was sure I had three BR toms, and two ended up being hens!
  9. mitchell3006

    mitchell3006 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2009
    I have to place my bet on tom. BR's are the worst to figure out. I have a brood pen full and still can't make up my mind ( such as it is). I fing that comparing the leg size to the other poults gives me a better guess than anything. The snood definitely looks like a fine young tom though. Let us know what it ends up.

  10. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    I have 3 bronze babies that are still undecided for sure but of the three two of them grew faster, have bigger feet, have taller snoods, started losing their neck and head feathers first, and decided they want to strut around all the time. Those things help you figure out but the only definitive way to tell is to wait it out just a little bit longer.

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