When should a Narragansette tom develope his snood??

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by allmypeeps, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    We have 3 Narragansettes and a Slate we got this spring. I know heritage breeds mature slower than industry breeds- but how slow?? Ours are about 7-8 months now...NO one has gobbled yet- but I have seen one ''puff'' and strut once or twice- and get into a little spet with a rooster. Their heads have what I think are larger nodules that turn from pale pink to red or blue- never too deep, but NONE of them have snoods. I am hoping I have at least one Tom, but they honestly all look the same to me... tho surprisngly we found an EGG in their coop yesterday???

    When can you tell a Narri tom from a female????
  2. honda150

    honda150 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 16, 2012
    well with the 3 narris i have u can deff tell which r toms and what r hens.The breast feathers on the hen r white tipped, and the toms r darked tipped with black just like bronze turekys.and the heads of the toms r much bigger than the hens very noticable and at 15 wks mine r starting spurs and they have gobbled but they will only do it when my daughter is out with em.This past wkend both my hens and and both of my toms were strutting around each other but with my toms there snoods got as long as their beaks which just started this wkend and their snoods will shrink right up to almost nothinglike a little snowcone.Some say that hens snoods dont elongate but all of my last set of bbb turkey hens did.I would think by 7 to 8 months u would b able to tell.Can u post pics?
  3. TV

    TV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2009
    By 8 months it should be quite obvious but look at the breast feathers for sure.
  4. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    At 8 months all heritage breed Tom's should have avery pronounced snood, there is a big difference. I can tell mine apart by there snood usually by 3 months of age.
    Hen's will display and strut also. They like to be pretty too. [​IMG]
  5. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    I will have to post some pics...though i fear i may have all females...you'd think out of 4 chicks ONE would've been male...bummer!!!!
    I have gotten 5 eggs in the last 3 days. 1 one day, and 2 yesterday and today so at least 2 are hens! if I walk out there and find 4 eggs one day well, then that'll confirm a few things. LOL
  6. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    I really wanted a male... but dont want to get chicks again as myluck they'd all be female again and cant afford to feed a whole flock of them (we dont eat them they're pets). So I wonder if I could find someone with an adult male thats people freindly.... I'll have to search.
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Maybe you and I should swap birds!!! My narrigansetts are still young, but think they are both boys. By spring I hope one will by laying and stop strutting. :)

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