Toms or Hens?? **PIC HEAVY**

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by RusticDreamer, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. RusticDreamer

    RusticDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all!

    I am hoping someone can help me because I am getting so many mixed answers from other forum sites! *sigh*

    I have 3 young turkeys that I have NO IDEA if they are toms or hens (or whatever you call them at 5 months?)

    They are Aurburns and one is a Silver Auburn/Auburn cross.

    They only display like my big tom when they are 'upset' about something, but I have seen my older hens do that as well, especially when confronted by one of my roos or a broody hen :) Their caruncles and dewlaps get really red also when they are upset. Their snoods are 'fatter' than my other 3 hens, but only in diameter, they don't hang down passed their beaks. They seem to 'bark', if that makes sense, and I have yet to hear an actual 'gobble' out of them, but then again, I am unsure what 5 mos old turkeys sound like as I got my original trio when they were 9 mos old. My older hens have dewlaps also, and seem to be developing larger caruncles, which started when the weather got cooler??

    These 2 are my older hens, notice their caruncles...


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    Some closer shots of the head, snood, caruncles, beak, etc...


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    This is my big boy...who obviously is a Tom...and the father!

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    My older hens display caruncles also??

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    Can anyone weigh in on this and let me know what you think or if you need more detailed photographs from any other areas I can post those!!! I had someone offer to buy them but I don't want to sell them if they are girls!!!

    Thanks!!
     
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  2. RusticDreamer

    RusticDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone?
     
  3. r4eboxer

    r4eboxer Crooked Creek Poultry

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    Have any of them showed? At that age they should be showing if they are Toms.
     
  4. RusticDreamer

    RusticDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've only seen them 'display' 2 or 3 times since they have hatched!!! And that was when they were upset, like be confronted by a roo or another hen! My big tom walks around puffed up most of the time, these guys...nothing?! But their heads and caruncles are questionable??
     
  5. r4eboxer

    r4eboxer Crooked Creek Poultry

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    Hens, they will have some blue coloration on the head too. They should be showing off quite a lot. My hens sometime show a little too when they are fighting for pecking order or scared.
     
  6. RusticDreamer

    RusticDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can count the number of times they have acted like 'toms' on one hand! I'm thinking they must be females...but hoping some others can weigh in! :D
     
  7. frank53061

    frank53061 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Look like all Hens to me except for the one on display.
    I have Red Bourbons and They look just like my Hens I did not see what age they are but all my Toms have a bloc-key shaped head were as the Hens have a longer and narrower head and my Hens have a few bright colored conicals as well but the snood is a good tell if it stays very short its normally a Hen the smaller body size is tipical for a Hen as well.
    I hope I was of some help
     
  8. RusticDreamer

    RusticDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks! they are 5 mos old..
     
  9. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like hens to me. The tell I can go by in my Holland whites is the feathers going up the back of the head. Pretty turkeys! You said they were Auburn? [​IMG]
     
  10. RusticDreamer

    RusticDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they are Heritage Auburns and one is an auburn/silver auburn cross. I want to expand my flock of these, but, it's hard to find them!! I think Porters turkeys has some?
     

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