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sexing turkey poults

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chickenlittle32, May 22, 2009.

  1. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    Is there an easy way to sex turkey poults?
  2. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    McCleary, WA
    nope !! Not at an early age !!

    Older they get some breeds have different colors on certain feathers and some just by their feet,leg and body size if they are all the same age.
  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    You can vent sex them but you have to know what to look for.

    Steve in NC
  4. geeperspeepers

    geeperspeepers Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 14, 2009

    Watch the behaviour of the poults and hopefully by day 9 the little jakes will be strutting. Also, apparently-- you can -almost- tell by the shape of their snood bumps. Something to consider.

  5. Almost Broke

    Almost Broke Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 16, 2012
    Lakeland, Florida
    I raise slate turkeys. I would not bet money on anyone's ability to sex turkeys other than vent sexing. I am not knowledgeable on that. I have sold young hens, so I thought, only to have the person bring back a gobbling Tom.

    Listen to them "talk" when they are happy. The girls have a louder giggle, the boys will usually make a softer single chirp.

    Best way to know for sure is when the boys fluff and strut and the boys don't lay eggs.
  6. teria

    teria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2015
    Salem Utah
    My ten week old poults are clearly different. The snood on the Tom is already dangling, while the Hen's snood is just a bump on her head. The Tom is twice the size of the Hen, and he wattle is three times as big. He has caruncles that turn deep red and bulgy when he gets upset. He kind of is starting to gobble. I think he surprises himself when a gobble comes out.
  7. Barrios

    Barrios Just Hatched

    Jul 12, 2016
    Ocala Florida
    If you know what your looking for you can find the start of the beard at 6 weeks. Hens won't have it but a young Tom will. You'll have to move some feathers around on the chest. It's pretty darn accurate. I looked at all these threads and nobody ever says to do this. Once they have feathers it will be there.
  8. Ese_N_Gracie

    Ese_N_Gracie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    I saw a beard on one... but I am now convinced all six are Toms... UGGH!!!
  9. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD

    Some females have beards.
  10. Cherie1n2

    Cherie1n2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2014
    Upstate South Carolina
    My poults are 12 weeks old...can anyone tell what they are?


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