- Mar 24, 2010
We adopted this turkey a few days ago from a rescue organization. This is our first turkey. They told us it was a young male. I am wondering if you think this is really a tom as they said it was.
They said it was an escapee from a local farm, and had found 2 other wild turkeys for buddies. Our turkey is quite tame and calm. We have lots of other poultry (chickens, guineas, a couple geese, etc.). We've had it for 4 days now and I have yet to hear a gobble--it just peeps softly. It has a very short beard of about 2". And no spurs - really just 1/4" bumps on the back of the legs (like most of our chicken hens). I don't see any snood or other pendulous face skin as in pictures I've seen of tom turkeys.
We have trimmed the primary wing feathers to keep it from escaping over the barn wall.
What do you think? Hen or tom? Thanks in advance!