Wild Turkey Gender

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by LaidWithLove, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. LaidWithLove

    LaidWithLove Chirping

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    ... yeah this is a weird story.
    to make it short:
    - my mom found an egg in the woods foraging. it was abandoned, and nothing came back for it.
    - she brought it home and stuck it in the incubator with some chicken eggs
    - it hatched!!!!!!!!
    - we named the baby turkey Phyllis
    - we did not expect Phyllis to live given the reports from friends who knew about wild turkeys
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    -she lived
    anywayyyy she's about 3.5-4 months old. she runs the world. she is the wildest critter of all time. yet, she could leave. and does not leave. Phyllis ensures her chicken friends are in their coop before she flies up to the tree near the coop. she sleeps there, and returns every morning, eager for breakfast. she is allowed to free range the days we are home, and seems healthy (how does one tell these things?) and loves to chatter.
    any ideas on gender?
    (we ARE in the process of getting her a permit but it's a slow roll)
    these pics are a month old, she is hard to photograph and I have been working late/unable to get a good shot of her. she still looks like this only bigger/longer, and has zero red. her snood looks like it's developing as a hen would, but it is very small still. we have her on a 22% starter crumble with our other birds, because in our area there's no way to get grain mite free gamebird feed. she also ranges most all day so she eats tons of bugs. either way, she seems remarkably healthy/happy. she does fly up the trees to hang out, prompting the rest of the chickens to start squalling because they would like to folow their mighty tailed friend to the canopy of the pine trees. she does have feathers on the top of her head, making me think female, but they are short.
    I can try for more pics to upload tomorrow. Thanks! IMG_0971.jpeg IMG_0973.jpeg IMG_1022.jpeg IMG_1075.jpeg
     
  2. LaidWithLove

    LaidWithLove Chirping

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    I should also note we have about 1 1/2 acres for her to forage on, and 1/2 of it is a marshy/wooded area. full of bugs and such. she loves it.
     
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  3. Fairyloop5

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    Awwwww so lucky you both
     
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  4. WallyBirdie

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    She's lovely and that is a wonderful story.
    I'm no expert but I think your bird is a lady.
     
  5. Skipper7410

    Skipper7410 Chirping

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    Looks like a hen but most places wont let you keep a wild game animal without some kind of permit if at all. I believe just taking the egg in the first place would've been against the law
     
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  6. LaidWithLove

    LaidWithLove Chirping

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    We are working to get that done, the office is very slow. We were not aware it was illegal at the time, and we never expected it to hatch. She has the opportunity to leave, but we don't feel right dumping her off somewhere
     
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  7. Skipper7410

    Skipper7410 Chirping

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    That's pretty cool. I've never seen some actually go through the process. Is it pretty straight forward?
     
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  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Hopefully your experience is better than mine. As a kid (a long time ago) I purchased a pair of wood ducks without a permit. When I applied to license them, NJ fish and wildlife came and seized them. If they come for your turkey, play dumb and say that you are unable to catch her and that she just hangs around your place. I hope that all works out in a positive fashion for you. She is a beauty.
     
  9. Skipper7410

    Skipper7410 Chirping

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    That's a shame wood ducks are beautiful
     
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  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    They were beautiful birds, and the guy who came to take them from me was very apologetic, but took them anyway.
     
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