do I have toms or hens?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chickabator, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    can someone tell me do I have toms or hens. we bought these turkeys today and we don't know the sex. They are bronzes but we don't know the sex.[​IMG] I have no idea how old they are just that the man we bought them from said that they are this past summers turkeys
     
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  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    They look like hens to me, the snoods should be longer if the were Tom's.
     
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Looks like the two older are young toms. Should be able to tell by the breast feathers. Yes the snood will be larger as they get older.


    Pic of turkey about the same age. The tom is top of pic.

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  4. corancher

    corancher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking the little one for sure hen. One is the back a tom and leaning toward tom on the other one. Check to see if any have bumps on legs where a roosters would have spurs which would indicate toms.
     
  5. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    if they were hatched this past summer would they be gobbling by now and would they have spurs 2 of these have little nubs like where spurs would be
     
  6. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Quote:Early spring hatch maybe gobbling, Summer hatch no, Turkey take longer to get the spurs.
     
  7. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    the biggest one has a bump on its beak so does that mean its a tom or a deformity
     
  8. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    looks like 2 gobblers to me..no feathers going up the back of the neck to the head,,which most hens have some feathers there....Now the tiny one i cant really say on that one yet..

    I know with our wilds, the males chest feathers will always be tipped in black and on females they are normally light brown colored tipping on the chest feathers..

    Of course you can see this once they reach a certain age as the males will have light tipping to until a certain age around 4-5 months they then change from lite to black chest feather tipping on males..I think bronze are very simalar to the wilds species..

    Charlie
     
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  9. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
    ky
    here are some better pic. of their heads. [​IMG]
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  10. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jugging from what i see, Id have to say the 2 bigger ones are males, however the smaller 1 may be a hen at this point..smaller one Looks like a different type cross or breed of turkey..

    Charlie
     

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