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How many tail feathers?

Old 01-22-2006, 01:46 PM
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Default How many tail feathers?

I killed a big tom a few seasons ago, almost 22 lbs, 11.5 inch beard,
and 1 3/8 inch spurs that had 20 tail feathers in its fan. I was told
that was unusual because most only have 18 tail feathers in the fan.
Has anyone else killed one with an odd number of tail feathers?
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Old 01-22-2006, 04:02 PM
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ive got 1 with 19...........and 1 with 20.................never checked the others
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Old 01-22-2006, 04:20 PM
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Default RE: How many tail feathers?

First two I checked..

First one 18.

Second one 20


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Old 01-22-2006, 05:20 PM
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Default RE: How many tail feathers?

one had 18, this one has 19, never really counted them,any information pertaining to this, thanks

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Old 01-22-2006, 05:32 PM
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Most all my birds that I have taken the time to count have had 18!
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Old 01-22-2006, 08:33 PM
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All three of mine on the wall have 18 also.
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Old 01-22-2006, 09:49 PM
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Good question. I really never counted them before.
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:29 AM
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Eighteen is normal. Never killed one with more.

I've killed several with missing feathers though.

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