turkey gender question

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by zzGypsy, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. zzGypsy

    zzGypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    probably a silly newby question here, this year I've got my first turkeys.

    so I've got a BBW I've been thinking is a hen (no snood developing to speak of, a few small feathers up the back of the neck/head). occasionally the turkeys try to roost outside and when I was collecting the BBW to put it in the roost, I'm pretty sure I saw a little cluster of beard spikes on it's chest, maybe 1/4" long, burried down in the chest feathers. so my question is, is that proof this is a tom or do hens get micro-beards?

    thanks for teaching me. I've still got lots to learn about turkeys.
     
  2. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm PA ETL#195

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    Some hens do develope beards. Post several photos and we will all try to help.
     
  3. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A picture sure would help. If you could weigh it and give us its age it would also help.
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2011
  4. zzGypsy

    zzGypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    tried to get photos today but the turkey in question is faster than my phone camera...
    trying again tomorow.
     
  5. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pictures can be tough [​IMG] Good pictures even tougher!
     

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