tom turkys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Billsbirds, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Billsbirds

    Billsbirds New Egg

    Sep 24, 2012
    i have a Bouron red tom turkey i taded for a couple of years ago how can i tell how old he is
    his beard is about 5 inchs long ,spurs 1 1/2 inchs

    can anyoe help
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming
    I have no idea how to age a mature turkey but I do know that you can't judge anything by the length of his beard.

    I had a BR tom who was at least 11 years old when something came in and ate half of him one Thanksgiving night. He had his best and longest beard when he was three years old. After that length varied some years being shorter and other years it was longer. There was no pattern to the length of his beard after his third year.

    His spurs got about as long as the one's on your tom by his third or fourth year and pretty much stayed at that length for the rest of his life.
  3. frank53061

    frank53061 Chillin' With My Peeps

    From what I have seen as far as beard lenghts and research I found that approx, 2 inches of beard per year of age.
    It sounds from what you are telling me my guess of the age would be 2 1/2 to 3 years of age.
    I do not know what correlation in spure lenght to age of the bird.
    I hope I was of some help.

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