How old does he need to be to breed?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by GBov, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. GBov

    GBov Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old does a Tom turkey have to be to breed? I was just told 2 years and that seems rather a long time, esp. when a rooster is ready at 6 months.
     
  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    mine will be a year old in late spring, and he has successfully breed a hen
     
  3. GBov

    GBov Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you hatch the eggs? I was told a tom will cover a hen his first year but only successfully fertilize the eggs his second.
     
  4. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    first 7 went in a bator and 4 are due Feb 12 and I will be putting more in
     
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A Tom will breed hens his first spring assuming he was hatch last spring/summer. He will be plenty fertile.
     
  6. junglebird

    junglebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Tom was an August hatch. He's strutting, but I haven't seen mounting yet. Can I expect him to perform this spring?
     
  7. Garrisonkidsduo2

    Garrisonkidsduo2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought my turkeys in July on the 3rd I believe. And they were 16 days old. Right not his beard is like maybe half an inch long to and inch, and he struts and just now started to drum which is really cool. I haven't seem any mounting or anything like that. My hens are the same age. So the middle of June is when they were hatch which makes them 8 months old right now actually. So should I start to see something this year. I am also getting older Turkeys they are suppose to be 2 years old, if we move them now will they still lay this year?
     

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