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Turkey's.....How do you know?
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cowgirlj    Posted 11-24-2002 at 11:01:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a Turkey on the farm named Loretta. She thinks she is a chicken and spends all her time in the hen coop. The other day I noticed Loretta has a black paintbrush looking thingy sticking out of her chest. Someone told me this is a beard and that only the Toms have them. My knowledge of farm kritters is unfortunaltely limited to Horses, Dogs and Cats. Oh, and mice.
So my question is...Is she a he? And if she is a he should he/she be kept away from the hens?
I am laughing as I write this thinking about the answers to the Pigmy goat question. But really, I am serious here. Any knowledge would be appreciated. These kritters otta' come with instructions!
J


LH    Posted 11-24-2002 at 15:21:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
If Loretta is a Tom she will also have spurs which hens dont get, those are a dead giveaway


Les...fortunate    Posted 11-24-2002 at 15:01:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've seen hens with beards so don't be too quick yet. It's not really that hard to tell tom and hen turkeys apart but I suppose if you only have one, you have nothing to compare it to.
Not only the looks will tell, but just the way they act should give it away.


ger / ya if they    Posted 11-24-2002 at 16:08:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
act like a male , most like they are , course wher that one is only pink , well PINK is kinda a funny colour for a male to be wearin, does he or it, walk kinda funny , kinda girlish like , if so ya better be careful lol . later ger


cowgirlj / brings another question to mind    Posted 11-24-2002 at 15:41:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our chickens will all squat in front of you if you reach down to pick one up. We figured it is because they are all hand tamed and are just assuming the position to be picked up. My finace laughed his butt off when I told him this, and said they were assuming the position all right, but not for the reason we all thought. Said they are waiting for the rooster. Loretta now does the same thing. So now, what's up with this?


ger    Posted 11-24-2002 at 16:10:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
you really got troubles there don,t ya , awww i won,t , ya maybe i will , naw i better not an be good for a change lol ,


cowgirlj / go ahead Ger    Posted 11-24-2002 at 16:13:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
make my day!
LOL!


ger / haha    Posted 11-24-2002 at 16:15:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
im trying to be nice already got eieio after me an she one bad lady ta have after ya , so i trying lol


ger / haha    Posted 11-24-2002 at 16:15:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
im trying to be nice already got eieio after me an she one bad lady ta have after ya , so i trying lol


ger / haha    Posted 11-24-2002 at 16:14:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
im trying to be nice already got eieio after me an she one bad lady ta have after ya , so i trying lol


ger    Posted 11-24-2002 at 16:17:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
wow whats goin on with the board i,ve out done myself this time three posts sorry all


cowgirlj    Posted 11-24-2002 at 16:20:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hic Ups
I've heard men tend to do that when they are running scared.
lol


cowgirlj/ Loretta's looking more and more like Christmas dinner    Posted 11-24-2002 at 14:47:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you the enlightenment. I'll be out back sharpening the axe.
J


Donna from Mo    Posted 11-24-2002 at 13:26:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If it gobbles, it's a Tom. If all it can do is chirp, it's a hen. And like someone else said, it'll jump anything that holds still long enough. I had a turkey that molested a duck, years ago... repeatedly! Sad thing is, I think the duck enjoyed it.


Ron/PA    Posted 11-24-2002 at 13:18:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep she's a he, and thats a beard, here in PA, a tom must have a 3 inch beard to be leagal in spring gobler season.
Ron


ger , is that like    Posted 11-24-2002 at 16:12:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
the age of consent lol


Ron/PA    Posted 11-24-2002 at 13:16:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep she's a he, and thats a beard, here in PA, a tom must have a 3 inch beard to be leagal in spring gobler season.
Ron


Maggie/TX    Posted 11-24-2002 at 12:52:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know about turkeys, but I do know that male Rouen ducks will bop anything they can catch, including male cats. I saw that happen once with my poor old deaf, long haired cat who couldn't hear the duck sneaking up on him. That cat was just never the same after that...


TB    Posted 11-24-2002 at 11:26:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Toms have red heads. Heads on hens are more gray.


cowgirlj    Posted 11-24-2002 at 11:52:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh Oh! Does pink count?


DeadCarp    Posted 11-24-2002 at 13:41:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, if they had named me Loretta, my head would be pink by now too! And i'd strut fuuny, and wear makeup, and ........ lol


ger    Posted 11-24-2002 at 16:13:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
good one deadcarp, i think maybe thats the problem .lol


TB    Posted 11-24-2002 at 12:10:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think so for a young one?


TB    Posted 11-24-2002 at 12:49:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe it is a he. I know people that keep their turkeys with chickens with no problem. If a problem should arise you know what to do.


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