Turkeys--What's the chances?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by LinckHillPoultry, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    Hi everyone.
    I have 4 turkeys... a pair of royal palms... and a bourbon red and a blue slate.
    Both my bourbon red and my blue slate have beards, and I know that there is such thing as a bearded hen...but my friend SWEARS they're both hens.
    What is the chance that they'd both be hens?!
    I mean I can see having one bearded hen...but two?!

    And BTW they will both be 1 year in April.

    What are your opinions?
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Post a pic..I am sure someone on here can tell you if they are hens/toms at a year old. Typically a hen does not get a beard exactly like a tom..it is very straggly and thin.

    How about the snood? Does it retract - go from big to small? At that age a tom should be doing that. A hen wouldn't and hers would stay small.

  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I would say post a pic. That would help alot to help determine Tom/Hen.
    Funny you and I have the same mix...I have a pair of RP, a blue slate hen, and a bronze hen. Happy hatching!
  4. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008

    ^ This is our bourbon red. Not a very recent picture. You can't see the beard developing yet. I'll try to get a recent picture of them when I go out to take care of chores.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2008
  5. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Songster

    I have to say a young jenny(hen), judging buy the feathering on the back of the neck and head.. [​IMG]

    Beards are not very common on hens but ive seen a few in my days...

    Last edited: Mar 2, 2008
  6. goddinfla

    goddinfla In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2007
    My royal palm hen has a nice beard. Know she's a she because she's laying eggs.
  7. Nefertiti

    Nefertiti In the Brooder

    Nov 5, 2007
    Central Virginia
    We had a BBW hen that had a beard. She layed eggs, didn't gobble and the clusterings of knbby red flesh (don't know what they're called) on her head stayed relatively small.
  8. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    On the Burbon Red if on the breast the chestnut color is laced with black it is a Tom and if it is laced in white it is a Hen. Judging by the picture I would say Hen.
    Sharon in NC

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