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It's official, I have a tom!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by shelleyd2008, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    My blue slate (lilac, lavender?) tom gobbled for the first time today. [​IMG] I had to ask a friend if that's what the sound was! I believe they are about 10 weeks old, I don't remember exactly when I got them.

    Is that a normal age for gobbling? They, the tom especially, seem to have doubled in size in the past week!

    ETA: After searching on my computer, I think I've figured out they are between 9 and 10 weeks old. When I got them they were less than a week, but not day-olds. I loaded pics of them on my computer for the first time on April 25th, which was most likely the day after I got them as babies.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2010

  2. turkaholic

    turkaholic Songster

    Jan 2, 2010
    Yes that is when young males discover their "voice". My ten week olds gobble when they are startled or quarreling with each other. Sounds like a high pitched gobble rather than the deep thunderous gobble of the mature tom.

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