Midget White Turkey Questions

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by purplequeenvt, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. purplequeenvt

    purplequeenvt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was given 4 MWT about a month and a half ago. I don't know how old they are, but my guess is 3 - 4 months seeing as they haven't grown a lot since they've been here.

    Question #1 - Gender....how can you tell what sex they are if no one is displaying and acting "tom-ish"? I *think* that I have 2 pairs because 2 are bigger, have larger snoods, and redder heads. I have tried to get good pictures to illustrate this, but they are excellent at avoiding the camera.

    Question #2 - Are they supposed to have blue eyes?
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:Photos are the best:)

    And yes blue eyes..I used to love staring into my hens eyes [​IMG]
     
  3. purplequeenvt

    purplequeenvt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was a little startled when I first noticed the eyes!
     
  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:Stunning aren't they? Let me see if I have any photos of mine when I had some
     
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Here's my girl at 6 months old
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    And my boy same age..look at his snood...
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    My girls were virtually non existent .
     
  6. purplequeenvt

    purplequeenvt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok...I got some head shots. I am now almost 100% sure that I have 2 males and 2 females. The 2 girls have a line of feathers running up their necks and the boys have the "warts" on their necks.

    Female
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    Male
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  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:Looks to be...too bad you didn't have them when they hatched I can sex them at that age..but it does look like you have a pair [​IMG]
     
  8. TedJan92_in_Idaho

    TedJan92_in_Idaho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At that age the males should have a small bump on their chest where the beard will grow out.
     
  9. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:Yes! Forgot about the beard! It's a dark stub like a small broom!
    Good call [​IMG]
     
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  10. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a heck of a time identifying gender on our first poults, too. Behavior and vocalizations are not reliable indicators compared to chickens.

    I think I'll stick to snoods, beards, and carnucles (aka "neck warts" LOL) next time.
     

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