How to sex a turkey?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by sargent279, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. sargent279

    sargent279 New Egg

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    I have a turkey that is 6 months old that until two weeks ago thought was a hen. Now all the signs of a tom. Do done take that long to mature? Added some pics both are same bird. Want to get a mate just not 100% at this time what to get. [​IMG][/B][/IMG]
     
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am by far no expert but I will say that's a tom!
     
  3. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    That is a pretty tom! I had one that didnt start strutting till about 6 months too. Is the a blue palm? And di it come from poreters?? Also you should come to the Century of turkey talk thread!!
     
  4. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice looking blue palm tom.

    I can usually tell sex fairly early by leg/body size. Carnucle development on the neck.

    But I had a blue red bronze that I thought was a hen and at about 5 months old it gobbled. It was just a slow developer I guess. Up til then it had a small snood thin legs and was smaller than what he was hatched with.

    Now he is as big or bigger than the others. E ery now and then one has to keep you in suspense.

    Fun of turkeys.
     

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