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is my turkey a male or female

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by christian s, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. christian s

    christian s Out Of The Brooder

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    He just barely turned 7 months.his snood fell of bbecausemy parents said "put him in the small white coop" and the sides are sharp so I said "no, I might get hurt" and being parents they denied it and the next week it fell of because he kept sticking his head through the sides.
    He/she acts like a male and it looks like his/her spurs are growing in and he/she try to use them.[​IMG]
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    If it's seven months old it should be displaying like a Tom by now, Turkey hens can be more aggressive than toms, I think yours is a hen unless it's been gobbling and strutting.
     
  3. Brandychick

    Brandychick Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got a similar question, I bought what I was told was a hen but once I got it home and the neighbors tom came over it started acting more like a tom... other then vent sexing is there a sure way to tell??
     
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    Brandychick Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] here's a picture, we named her GG but might have to change it up if its a boy, I havnt heard a gobble from her, but shes still young....
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    The best indicator is the size of the snood, only toms can let them down past the beak, and of course gobbling only toms do, and filling the chest with air, hens may display but they don't do the rumbling and gobbling.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    It does look like a hen, but it can be hard to know for sure until after six months, I will sit and make various noises to try to bring out the toms, my fake gobbles and chicking noises will usually make any toms change head color and begin relaxing the snood and hen begin displaying. I always do this behind the fence so they don't get to exited and try to jump on me.
     
  7. Brandychick

    Brandychick Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll have to set up my bench by the coop and do some turkey stalking on my day off... if it does turn out to be a boy should I try and get a trade for a hen, ask for refund,or just sock it up to experience and look for a hen elsewhere?

    Getting turkeys wasnt exactly part of my whole chicken plan but they have won me over watching the tom grow up next door, he got too big for their coop so I offered to take him cause I thought the one I bought was a hen....*SIGH*
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm still thinking it's a hen, a single Tom will usually display young, the neighbors turkeys would check out any turkeys, two toms can get along, especially if there isn't any hens, I have multiple toms who mostly fight during spring, but two I don't think would fight as much. So I think it matters how many turkeys you want and what you want them for.
     
  9. christian s

    christian s Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I have a few dogs and he raises his fan and puffs his feathers out when they get within 3 feet and.again his snood fell off
     
  10. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I too have had fence walking hens rub off their snood, I think a Tom gets the extra snood skin from somewhere and would still have one just shorter, my hens will puff up and tail flair for dogs as well, if you are not seeing a full display with chest rumbling and gobbling than it's safe to say you probably have a hen.
     

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