Turkeys And Moulting by Season or by Temp or by age ?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by frank53061, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. frank53061

    frank53061 Chillin' With My Peeps

    At what time in a Turkeys life is it expected to Moult By age By season or does certain Temps trigger Moulting.
    Turkey growers from all over please respond with your Knowledge I would and others would like to know.
  2. retlaw

    retlaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2013
    I edited my post because it was to confusing.

    Last edited: Feb 4, 2013
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Mine started molting right before they started laying for 2013. The hens that were hatched last year started their first molt this year right before laying. Some of the older hens may molt in October - December, because these are also past laying months. I'm not sure if the temps trigger molting but our temps have been in the 30's - 40's when the older hens started molting. I have one younger hen (hatched 2012) that is in her last few days of molting. The older hens have completed their molt months ago.
  4. frank53061

    frank53061 Chillin' With My Peeps

    sounds like age and possibly around the time to lay EGGS ?
    I have one Tom I didn't know if it was due to Moulting or Breeding he was loosing chest feathers.
    After chatting with CALIE its a possibility of mating or to much of it.
    I have not seen him up against the Chicken wire while he is in the Pen I thought that might be a possibility.
  5. flocksalot

    flocksalot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    Poynette WI
    Our hens will periodically peck at the toms feathers. Both our older toms will let them, but the younger two that are just being integrated over the last month aren't real keen on he girls pulling out their feathers. They tend to yelp and stop strutting while they run about three steps before they must fan and display. Silly birds.

    Could this be what is happening?

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