Help sexing Royal Palms

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by SilkieSista, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. SilkieSista

    SilkieSista Just Hatched

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    Hi,
    I got these last spring, end of April. I thought I had 2 Jakes, but I am getting turkey eggs. Both have what appear to be small beards, but I looked at my bronze hen and she has a small one as well.
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    The above are all the same bird.
    Below is the other one.
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    Here they are side by side
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    I have not heard one of them "gobble" yet, so I'm starting to think they are both hens?
    Thanks so much for your expertise!
     
  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you have a lovely pair of hens.

    no wattles. mow hawk feathers up back of neck and head. small snood.

    I had at one time 4 hens with beards. still have one left.
     
  3. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :welcome
     
  4. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, you have 2 hens.

    Here's a hen and a Tom

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    My BBB females get beards too, though. It's the snood and caruncles that are the tell on a Jake vs a Jenny. Males will get a bigger snood and the caruncles will turn red at about 6 months of age. Before then, a males head will turn a pale blue.

    Beautiful birds; I wouldn't have gotten turkeys if it wasn't for the royal palms :)
     
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  5. SilkieSista

    SilkieSista Just Hatched

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    Thanks for your help! I had 4 to begin with, but sadly two died. I was really hoping for a Tom to have strutting and gobbling around, and to hatch out some babies. They really are beautiful birds!
     
  6. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    No problem :)

    I'm so sorry for your loss! Turkeys can be tricky. :(

    I only got the 2 royal palms with a batch of BBB, and am pleased that I ended up with a mating pair. I'm stoked to have some poults in spring... Too bad you aren't closer, I'd give you some eggs to hatch! :D
     
  7. SilkieSista

    SilkieSista Just Hatched

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    Thanks! Have fun hatching some out! I was hoping my boys could enjoy that experience this spring, but hopefully next spring. :)
    Thanks again!
     

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