When can you tell male from female in bronze?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Nestled Chickens, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Nestled Chickens

    Nestled Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are about the size of footballs now and I can't tell if they are all male or all female... About what age to they change? And what signs should I look for?
     
  2. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
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    Less feathering on heads, carruncles/carbuncles/bumps on their neck will be the primary sign that you have toms. Posturing and strutting is done by both at an early age as they establish a pecking order, at least in my flock, so that isn't a determinant. Some toms will "shock" gobble at the sound of a crow call, car horn, door slam, rooster crow, fart, etc.
     
  3. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At about 3 months old you should have a good idea what sex they are. Some will still fool you even at 5-6 months.
     
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  4. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

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  5. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Steve have you had any babies this year? Can you show your example on juvenile plumage?
     
  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

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  7. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do you have a tom to compare?
     
  8. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old before we will see that?
     
  9. Thomasturkey

    Thomasturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be that all of my bronze turkeys are female?
     
  10. Steve_of_sandspoultry

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