Turkey help

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by cassandra498, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. cassandra498

    cassandra498 New Egg

    7
    0
    9
    Aug 13, 2015
    I have 4 turkeys, they are 7 months old. Ive had them since they hatched. 1 bronze we know with out a doubt is a male and the 3 whites are confusing us. 2 out of the 3 have small beards but my male tried to mate with one with the beard. Ive been told females can have a beard and will fall off with in a year but I just want to make sure that we really do have 2 males and 2 females[​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

    637
    101
    108
    Oct 21, 2015
    NWA
    Are these Broad Breasted Bronze and Broad Breasted Whites?

    If you're wanting to breed then you need to consider Heritage Breeds instead. The Broad Breasted "commercial" type birds get too heavy (bred for fast growing and large "table birds") and a male can seriously injure a female and it is why they are artificially inseminated.

    You will not have that issue with Heritage breeds because they grow slower and are smaller.

    The White he tried to mount may be a female or could have been establishing dominance (sorry I can't tell from the picture ).

    I'll let a more experienced turkey owner give you a better answer to your question.
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. cassandra498

    cassandra498 New Egg

    7
    0
    9
    Aug 13, 2015
    no we are not looking to breed. We are just wondering what we really have here
     
  4. maplebendfarmmn

    maplebendfarmmn Out Of The Brooder

    29
    2
    24
    Sep 24, 2014
    The whites look like females to me. Do they every puff up like the bronze? The boys typically have a lot more caruncle development on the head.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

    17,289
    5,240
    476
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    It can be hard sometimes to tell the sex of turkeys when they are younger, yours appear to be hens, they should be gobbling and strutting by seven months, and hens do get beards, it's normal but not common, and they won't fall off.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by