tom or hen

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by maxsgoldens, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. maxsgoldens

    maxsgoldens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know I have one tom but not sure of the other. They are six or seven month old now [​IMG]

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    Not the guinea fowl. Sometimes this bird does a half strut
     
  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it's a tom.
     
  3. maxsgoldens

    maxsgoldens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How come you think that?
    Just so I know for the future.
     
  4. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Toms tend to have a deeper red face and the carbuncles that are starting to develop on the lower neck. It's been known that young tom turkey poults strut around making it unusual for a female to do it. When he develops more you can feel a beard on his breast area another thing a hen would be unusual for having. Since it's a heritage turkey it will also take longer to tell for sure.
     
  5. maxsgoldens

    maxsgoldens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He already has a little beard. Its funny tho because the other has a huge beard, more caruncles and already does full struts and is quite a bit bigger than this one. I read somewhere that hens tend to be flightier than males and this larger one is not nearly as flighty as this one.
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    Big Bird is the one on the right( I am 99% sure he is a tom)
     
  6. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm only guessing the other ones the tom and it's still possible it's a hen. I would wait and see if you get any turkey eggs from them, then you'll know.
     
  7. maxsgoldens

    maxsgoldens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Currently I'm 50/50 . I obviously hope its a hen but with you saying that im doubting it. Will two toms live happily together without hens?
     
  8. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All my toms got along but they each had a female, when one of my toms died it was the females who were at each others throat not the toms but I have seen toms duke it out occasionally. But I'm not sure if it was because of a female thing or a boy thing.
     
  9. maxsgoldens

    maxsgoldens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know with most birds males are fine so long as there are no females so I hope they will be OK.
     
  10. jmorgan71587

    jmorgan71587 Out Of The Brooder

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