What is going on with this?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by emptynesterMom, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. emptynesterMom

    emptynesterMom Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 7 turkeys, 2 Toms - 1 BR and 1 MW, 5 hens - 3 BR and 2 MW. Over the holidays, I culled 3 excess toms. Yesterday I noticed a small (and I mean tiny - think pencil eraser size) beard on one of my BR hens. Her neck is feathered like the other hens. She peeps, beeps, and calls like the other girls and has never gobbled or strutted. Her size is comparible to the other hens - nothing like the boys. I didn't notice this until I had culled the other Toms, is that just a coincidence? Does she just have hormonal issues? Will she be infertile? [​IMG] Any guidence would be appreciated.
     
  2. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't worry about it. My books say female turkeys sometimes have beards. One of my Midget White hens definitely has one (about half the size of our tom of the same age), and she's "all hen". The jennys (from another hatchery) have no signs of a beard, even when I parted the feathers on their chests to check.
     
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe it's something like 10% of the wild hens have beards. I had one with a beard once, she sat on some eggs and hatched them, she was a terric mother. Some hens will have a beard, don't worry about it.
     
  4. emptynesterMom

    emptynesterMom Out Of The Brooder

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    Whew, thanks I was getting concerned. Glad to hear it's not that uncommon. [​IMG]
     
  5. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    my rp hen has one
     
  6. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was curious, and checked a non-bearded hen closely. Sure enough, four little black "hairs" - like those of some women I know!
     

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