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my second turkey had a 12 and 1/4 inch beard and 1 and 3/8 inch spurs, can anyone tell me how old he is exactly?

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  • my second turkey had a 12 and 1/4 inch beard and 1 and 3/8 inch spurs, can anyone tell me how old he is exactly?

    my second turkey had a 12 and 1/4 inch beard and 1 and 3/8 inch spurs, can anyone tell me how old he is exactly?

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    You can't necessarily tell much about a gobblers age from the beard length. They can break off for a variety of reasons, especially if you live in an area with ice and snow. But that's an impressive beard.

    Spurs area better gauge. I'd guess your bird is probably 4 years old. A bird that's more than 3 years old will have spurs that are over 1 1/4 long, curved, and sharp. Most 4-5 year old birds have spurs in the 1 1/2 range.

    2-3 year old birds have shorter spurs that are less sharp and only slightly curved. Look at both length and the curve of yours bird's spurs.

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    • #3
      Ah dunno, exactly.

      Butt mah beard grows at a rate of 1/2 inch per month, so thet wood make him a litle over two years old!

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      • #4
        John, what was your Tom's weight? I think weight is a better scale for age then beard size.

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        • #5
          JMO~ I gauge Age on Wild Turkeys by Wing and Tail Feathers not Spurs size or Beard size, The older the bird the sharper 9Th-10Th wing tip feather.

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          • #6
            the weight of the bird was 20 lbs.

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