Sugar Farmer wrote:
We have found that at about this ages the Toms start to lose the feathers around their head and becomes noticably redder than the hens heads. Sometimes the Toms will also start puffing up their feather feathers adn prancing about. THat is a dead giveaway that they are a tom.
Hi there, I breed Turkeys and have done for a little while, there are times when you think you know but als the odds have beaten you..none of my toms/stags/gobblers have had a red head at nine weeks, and they have never lost their feathers around their necks before the 25th week at 6 months you can honestly say I got right or I got it wrong.
I take a guess at the fact that boys will start to strut their strength around 9 to 10 weeks, but then again so do the girls often do it too to show off, I often go by the snoggle which is above the nose or beak, if it is an upright v shape it is more than likely a girl, but I have noticed that turkeys talk in decibels (sound strength) the girls sound out in double decibels and the boys in single...the other is the leg length and which one where the pants, as girls have skirts, its really hard to sex them correctly until the day the boys try to gobble, I mimmick the gobblers quite often to see which poults take notice and place a bet on them more or less.
There is another way if they come in from one nesting ( assuming there is only one hen nesting) that the tallest one is the stag/Tom/Gobbler/Jack, then there is the other which is the prettiest one is often the boy.
Now I have Narragnsett, Lavender (Blue), Bronze, Buff, White and Black boys which I put over the girls I wish them to mate and still make mistakes at guessing, never to forget that the hens also get the beards as two of mine have and I know boys cant lay eggs. Never allow you boys to remain with the girls when the poults are due as they will stomp the bubs to death. GOOD LUCK!!!