Turkey Chicks and Adult Sexing

Male Turkey[Tom]:
1. Toms are heavier. Matured toms have black bread attached to the skin of the upper
breast region.
2. Dew bill or snood, a fleshy protuberance near the base of the beck, which is
relatively large, plumb and elastic.
3. Pink or red fleshy protuberances on the head called as caruncles will appear in toms
usually by about fifth week and is referred to as shooting the red.
4. Male poults strut even at day old and continue throughout the life.

Hen turkey:
1. The dew bill or snood is relatively small, thin and non-elastic.
2. The bread and caruncles are absent.
Vent sexing is not practiced usually in case of turkeys.

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