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Tom Turkey question

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Motherhenandflock, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. Motherhenandflock

    Motherhenandflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 Bourbon Reds that are about 9 weeks old. I am thinking they are both toms.
    Will 2 toms be ok together? Do they start fighting or anything else I should be aware of?
     
  2. Mike_Winters

    Mike_Winters Out Of The Brooder

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    well if theres a female turkey near by during mating season they will fight to the death if one doesnt give up
     
  3. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How can you tell the only way I've had any hint was that one of the babies danced for another one and I can't tell which it is because they all look exactly alike (mine are 12 weeks I think) Crystal
     
  4. edbama2

    edbama2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am waiting to tell what my turkeys are also. I have been told that the male legs will be thicker than the female. Makes sense but can be a Tale? Anyone know for sure? Sure does take alot longer than chics to find out! [​IMG]
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    A gobble is the only sure sign. Only toms can gobble.

    Jody
     
  6. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all my babies do is cheep. when do they gobble? C
     
  7. Motherhenandflock

    Motherhenandflock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found this from a google search. We still don't know what age they start!

    How do you tell the HENS from the TOMS?

    Once they mature, the toms are larger and have longer legs.
    Toms grow a beard (long black feathers) in the middle of the chest (breast). Very few hens grow a beard.
    A male turkey's head and wattle (growth under the chin) is larger.
    The tom's snood (a fleshy growth on top of the bill) is longer and hangs down the side of his face.
    Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. Hens make a clicking or clucking sound.
    Male turkeys strut about, gobbling loudly and holding their heads high. They stick out their chests, fan their large tails and drag their wings on the ground. They do this to attract the attention of the female turkeys.
     

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