What are the odds? (Hen question)

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Skipper7410, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. Skipper7410

    Skipper7410 Chirping

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    I have 7 RP turkeys. As of today it would appear as though they all gobble....usually one goes off and then they all gobble together...1 was bought from a feed store and 6 from a lady in idaho and we chased them around and grabbed them at random. Am i that unlucky that i have all toms, or will hens mimick/gobble themselves sometimes? Ive never heard a wild hen gobble (i know they strut) thanks guys.
     
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    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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  3. R2elk

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    It can happen that you ended up with all toms. I hatched out 8 guinea eggs one time and got 7 males and 1 hen.

    Normal is about 50% toms and hens hatch but that can be over the course of a full season. Individual batches can be really skewed one way or the other.

    Random capture can also lead to bad results. I have in the past unknowingly picked out all female guinea keets for a buyer and ended up with all male keets left for myself.

    I have read claims of hens gobbling but have never actually heard a hen gobble. Strut and grow a beard, yes but no gobbling.
     
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  4. blackandtan

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    When they were little most of my hens have tried gobbling when their brothers are learning to, it tapers off after awhile but it’s pretty cute
     
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  5. Skipper7410

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    Well i was hoping for a breeding pair this season but not looking good lol. Worst case looks like a got enough birds to get through a thanksgiving...or 2..

    Edit: phone typing haha
     
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  6. R2elk

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    I do not recommend keeping a breeding pair. One hen to one tom can be very hard on the hen. I try to keep at least 4 to 5 hens for one tom.
     
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    Skipper7410 Chirping

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    I guess the tom probably beats up the hen pretty good? I will definitely make sure to get a few hens if thats the case
     
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    Out of the seven, two of them seem to gobble way off haha so im hoping maybe those two end up as hens....crossing my fingers lol
     
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