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Turkey Hen Suddenly Growing Beard

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Attila the Hen, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Songster

    Nov 6, 2010
    Blue Ridge GA
    My 2 year old hen who has produced several clutches of chicks is suddenly growing a beard!! I've heard of chickens that start crowing. Why would she change like this? I have a tom and a jake currently.

    Rehomed 2 poults last week. I have midget whites and so it is sometimes difficult to tell them apart but I am pretty certain I didn't give my hen away. In fact I marked her to make sure. She will let me handle her unlike the poults and her legs are not young looking. I am amazed and perplexed by this. Anybody else have this experience?

  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming
    It is not uncommon for hens to grow beards. My hen grew a beard her very first year. Why it is happening now is beyond me but I see @Sally Sunshine has been checking out "When “she” becomes “he” – spontaneous sex reversal in chickens"
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  3. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Songster

    Nov 6, 2010
    Blue Ridge GA
    I guess I should have done my research before I freaked out. It seems you are right. About 10% of turkey hens grow beards. Now I wonder how many females I gave away thinking they were males. Oh well. Live and learn.....
    thank you
  4. memphis

    memphis Crowing

    Aug 6, 2012
    Hi there....meet Annie Jones. 100% egg laying hen! Post a picture of your hen! :D
    We could start the bearded hen thread...LOL!!

  5. MadamPoofyBrow

    MadamPoofyBrow Songster

    Jun 15, 2015
    I've heard of hens growing beards. I don't personally have one, or even a hen in general for that matter. But I do have a 2 month old sweetgrass jake. When should he get a beard?
  6. XxCobaltxX

    XxCobaltxX Hatching

    Aug 4, 2015
    At about 6 months of age. :)

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