Sexing baby bourbon reds

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Grampa with chickens, May 5, 2009.

  1. Grampa with chickens

    Grampa with chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you feather sex turkeys like you can chicks?
    I just had some hatch on sunday and wondered if I could see what I have or is it too early?
     
  2. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    It's to early to feather sex. Once they get older the hens will have white lacing on the feathers and the toms will have black lacing.

    Steve in NC
     
  3. Grampa with chickens

    Grampa with chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Steve
     
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Oh great to know!!! Thanks Steve! [​IMG]
     
  5. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:At about what age will the feather differences begin to show up?
     
  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Once they loose the fuzz and feather in. It shows first on the breast feathers. It's just a faint white lacing/line on the outer edge of the feathers on the hens at first. It will be more easy to see as they get older - If you have any adults you can really see it.


    The best way is to vent sex them but you have to know what you are looking for.

    Steve in NC
     
  7. NOnuggets

    NOnuggets Out Of The Brooder

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    Anybody with pictures of this for us visual learners? We just had a natural hatch on Sunday! [​IMG]
     
  8. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Look on the breast area of this hen, see the white edging on the feathers? It stands out more on adults but it's in the poults as well.

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    Hope that helps some.
    Steve
     
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I just love the color on that hen. Very pretty!
     
  10. CritterBazaar

    CritterBazaar Out Of The Brooder

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    How about sexing Royal Palms?
     

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