What am I?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by dreamcatcher, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. dreamcatcher

    dreamcatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Trying to figure out if this is a hen or tom. Hatch date was May 25. Thanks
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    Last edited: Aug 14, 2011
  2. Team Fluffy Puffy

    Team Fluffy Puffy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a gobbler that looks just like him.
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  3. dreamcatcher

    dreamcatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply, this is our 1st time with turkeys.
     
  4. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's still too young for me to tell for sure but if I had to lean one way or the other I would guess hen.
     
  5. northernturkeys

    northernturkeys New Egg

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    Gotta go with Randy on this one. I'd have to say hen.
     
  6. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    actually your hand is when the sex ID comes from on bronze based birds (the breats feathers). Still a little young but you should be able to tell very soon.
    As the adult breast feathers come in, on hens they will be laced in a buff color. For toms, they will just be solid black feathers with no lacing at all.
    So watch the breast, if you see lacing on the new feathers that are starting to come in, which I think you will, then you have a hen, if they are iridescent black feathers, tom.

    Also, the hen will have a more greyish cast to her over all color with little to no iridescent shine to her.
     
  7. dreamcatcher

    dreamcatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies and info. [​IMG]
     
  8. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, still a little young to be 100% sure but it looks like a hen. About 14-16 weeks you can be sure.
     

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