Sexing Bourbon Reds?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by maureen9962, May 14, 2010.

  1. maureen9962

    maureen9962 Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone have any tips on sexing. My poults are 6 weeks old. Last year they fooled me until they were 8 months old. The hens were strutting.
     
  2. jamesrm

    jamesrm Featherbrained, at best!

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    The one that mounts is the Tom, the one that bends over is the hen...

    Normally I go by size and waddle development [​IMG]
     
  3. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For me at 6 weeks it is just a educated guess. The Toms usually have a square head when viewed from above. The Hens heads are longer and pointed at the front. Size is sometimes a clue but if you seen the photos of my newest hatch, size is not a clue. I have been fooled even at 5 months at times.
     
  4. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    On Bourbon reds and Bronze you can tell 100% by the edging on the feathers. the males have black edging the females will have white.

    Steve
     
  5. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Steve???
    At what age is this true?

    David
     
  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    once they loose the fuzz and and get their feathers

    Steve
     
  7. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Unfortunatly if the birds carry a dulution gene you will not see that black line.
     
  8. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Unfortunatly if the birds carry a dulution gene you will not see that black line.

    What color dilution gene would that be? [​IMG]

    Steve
     
  9. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Steve, if that's the case all 6 of my last hatch are hens... Whooo Hoooo!!!!

    david
     
  10. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Unfortunatly if the birds carry a dulution gene you will not see that black line.

    What color dilution gene would that be? [​IMG]

    Steve

    I don't know where my post keep going but they are lost. This is my third try.

    I am talking about b+b+Ddrr. But I have also heard some breeders are using a single e gene to also remove the black line.

    So many birds people get poults that have the pheno type for bourbon red with hidden genes.
     
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