Turkey with gender issues?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Smiles-N-Sunshine, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    Hey y'all,

    I've had a small flock of Midget Whites for about a year now. Started with a pair, then raised five poults for seven total. Three are definitely toms, three are definitely hens, and one seems caught in the middle. It looks and acts like a hen most of the time, but will sometimes display with the toms when they have their little strutting showdowns.

    I'm planning to slaughter all males but the oldest, and was wondering if I should keep the confused one hoping it will lay eggs next spring, or could something be wrong with it?


  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    Females can display aslo from what I've read and been told
  3. LLH182

    LLH182 New Egg

    Dec 14, 2011
    I have a few girls that will strut. Around August I have one will start getting a bit testy with me... down right evil sometimes! She will strut and go after me. She will go back to her sweet self shortly before she starts laying again in the spring. I just laugh when she goes after me and one of my other girls will come over to put her in her place. I have another girl that will strut but she also has a thin beard about 4 or 5 inches long. And one other girl will strut and she even gobbled last summer after she hatched some babies. She was walking around the yard with them and some of my boys and she just belted out a few gobbles. Never did it again....
  4. flocksalot

    flocksalot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    Poynette WI
    Quote:I vote keep her. I kept my two favorite hens. They strut around and even attempt to gobble all the time, but they each very faithfully lay their egg every day. Eva and Gracie are adoreable when they strut. I tell them they are just the prettiest girls around and they fan their tails a bit more, make their tst noise and drop their wings further onto the ground. She is just showing off and playing.
  5. Narragansett

    Narragansett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2011
    It is very common for turkey hens to display. It is not "gender issues" or "confusion", it's just something that they do. Some individuals are bound to be more dominant than others, and that's how they express it. Some hens will grow beards too. That doesn't indicate a hormone imbalance, it just happens across the board in about 9% of all hens.
  6. luckypickens

    luckypickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2010
    Danville, AR
    Quote:I have Midget Whites also and one of my hens strut for any company that comes over for a visit. Everyone always always says how pretty "He" is and then are surprised when I tell them that he is a She lol! Just lost my old tom and wish I had saved a young one now sure wish you were closer so I could get one of your boys, bummer! Guess I am going to have to order some eggs to raise another. No one around here has any whites and I sure do love mine! They are just like our dogs follow us everywhere!
  7. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    Cool, thanks y'all, that was the answer I was hoping for. I knew about females having beards. I will apologize to the bird in question for thinking she was confused or had gender issues [​IMG]
  8. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2011
    i find my hens strutting quite often. they have started laying now, so i'm sure their hormones are in high gear. they will mate, then when they get up and fluff it off, they will start strutting for 5 or 10 minutes with the boys.all of the breeding hens will do it.

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