Slate Blue turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by allisonpa, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. allisonpa

    allisonpa New Egg

    Oct 12, 2011
    I Have a couple questions about tom and hen slates. Dose the tom grow beards like eastern toms do? At what age dose the hen usually start laying? Is it possible for her not to lay at all? I think they are about 5 or 6 months old. There my buddies they come running when they see me coming into the barn. Here is a picture of the two of them the hen is on the right. one of our easterns snuck into the picture along with my RIR ladies. Thank you for your help

  2. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2008
    Yes your toms should get a beard, and hens usually start laying during their first spring. I have heard of hens laying during their first fall, but I wouldn't count on it.
  3. curious1969

    curious1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2011
    Northwest Montana
    I agree with Frosty! The tom will have a beard, and the hen should start laying in the spring.

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