How long does it take for a Tom to mature

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Bestchickens, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Bestchickens

    Bestchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    How long does it take for a Tom to mature because I just started getting eggs from my white hen and they are a few months old and I want to hatch out some chicks.
     
  2. retlaw

    retlaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does white hen mean its a factory bird? (Broad breasted)
    If so, and the tom is one also, you will not be getting any thing to hatch unless you are practicing artificial insemination.
     
  3. Bestchickens

    Bestchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know what they are. I got them from coastal farma and ranch and the card just said white turkey.
     
  4. retlaw

    retlaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are only a few months old then they are broad breasted.
    They can't breed by them self because they have been hybridized for fast growth and large breast.
    Sorry.
    You are best to just eat the eggs.
     
  5. hdmax

    hdmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One way to tell if they are Heritage, or BB is the price. If you bought it as a poult and paid $8-10 each, more then likely they are heritage, if you paid 4-6 there is a good chance it is a BB turkeys.
    But if it is just a few months old, and pretty much full grown, then it is most likely a BBW.
     
  6. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post a picture with something to compare it to, like say a 5 gallon bucket? With an egg laying BB hen(about 6 months old) putting a large HERITAGE turkey tom over her will produce fertile eggs. Heritage breed turkey hens will not start laying eggs until they are 8 to 9 months old!
     

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