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When do turkey hens molt?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by crj, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wondering about this becasue my hen is losing her feathers. I know they drop feathers all the time but this one seems to leave a trail...... lol. She is fine, eats hangs with all the other birds nothing out of the ordinary. She isn't naked or anything but she is losing more feathers then the other hen.
     
  2. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine lost the feathers last month. They are now getting the bright new feathers. Should be fully feathered in a week. This was the most noticible molt mine have ever done. Also the earliest they have had all new feathers. I usualy love taking pictures in the fall for that reason.
     
  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

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  4. Alexander

    Alexander Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My tom has some tail feathers that are broken in half.There are no feathers but this "stick"that holds the feather.

    Will it drop by itself or should I take it off?
     
  5. Conn55

    Conn55 Out Of The Brooder

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    Turkeys will molt in the summer, my Toms are starting to loos thier fans as it is time to make new ones in about 4-6 week thier tails will be bvack new and clean!They molt like hens do and ducks also molt, it is thier way of staying cool.
     
  6. mr cockadoodledoo

    mr cockadoodledoo New Egg

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    Is my turkey hen molting or is she getting bullied, only the feathers on the back of her neck are coming of shes only young this years hatch
     
  7. clinton9

    clinton9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lives in New Zealand. I studied moults of turkeys for over 20 past years.

    At my friend's farm in New Zealand, the adult tom brozne turkey had 2/3 growing outermost primaries 10th on 12th June and shed the innermost primaries 1st on 25th October, at age of 11 months old. One 1st winter tom turkey shed innermost primaries 1st on August and primaries 7th on February. A 1-year-old buff tom turkey shed primaries 8th on 31st January and shed outermost primaries 1oth on 3rd March, moult were finished on May, at age of 19 months old. Take 9 months for domestic tom turkeys to renew their plumages.

    Moult durations of adult tom wild turkeys, are unknown, but proberly about 8 months.
     
  8. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:So would the northern hemeisphere be 6 month off of that?

    RobertH
     
  9. clinton9

    clinton9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Robert,
    I do not know about moult durations of wild turkeys, as wild turkey are much smaller and more active & nervous than domestic turkeys.
    Unlike almost flightless domestic turkeys, wild turkeys can fly for more than 2 miles.

    Clinton.
     

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