what the heck is on my turkey?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Jkioneil, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Jkioneil

    Jkioneil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    my white domestic turkey has a black thing on her chest looks crazy sticks out what is it? is it normal? is it some kind of parasite? never had turkeys before and have no idea what the heck it is or if it is supposed to be there thanks
  2. Gerbil

    Gerbil Oh, Crazy!

    Jun 24, 2010
    It sounds like a beard, sometimes the females get them to. [​IMG]
  3. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Yep sounds like a beard to me too. All males get them and as been stated some females. Perfectly normal.
  4. PatS

    PatS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Northern Califonia
    Does it look and feel kind of like a small bit of black brillo pad? If so, it is a "beard." This is also my first year with turkeys, so I have no idea how big they get.
  5. ziggywiggy

    ziggywiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    McNeal, AZ
    It's a beard don't worry. They grow slow on hens to where they look like a little stub. Toms will grow about an 1 1/2" a year. It's a good way to tell the age of Toms.
  6. Jkioneil

    Jkioneil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    looks kinda gross can you trim it?
  7. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    maybe your jenny is a jake..? [​IMG] what sub species of turkey is it?
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2010
  8. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    I wouldn't trim it but you could. I have a 2 year old blue slate hen that has a beard that is about 1 1/2". It looks funny on her but she doesn't mind!
  9. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    Oh, don't trim it! Turkey beards are part of turkeys! Once it grows out it will look more like a normal part of the bird. Trimming it would be like cutting off the snood or a toe. Turkeys have all kinds of weird features, but thats what makes them what they are [​IMG]
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Don't trim it. Beards are cute! Take a pic and post if you can.

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