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Do you think this is a bearded hen?

Old 04-19-2011, 02:17 PM
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Default Do you think this is a bearded hen?

I shot this turkey yesterday and I noticed the head sure looks like its a hen.

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Old 04-19-2011, 02:50 PM
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If Its a jake it should have some nubs for spurs and if ya gut it out think a hen will have eggs in it.
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:44 PM
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It looks like there is to much color in the head to be a hen. Hard to tell by the pic. Are all the feathers in its fan even? Does it have spurs growing?
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:07 PM
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My cousin shot a bearded hen last year and he got a full body mount of it. I'll try to get some pics of it, but yours looks pretty close to the one he got. What state did you get the bird in?
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:08 PM
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It does have small nubs on its legs but much smaller than any jakes ive seen before. The tail fan is mostly even and then the end two feathers on both sides are a little shorter. I shot it in minnesota.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:14 PM
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Its a jake - i can see spurs

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Old 04-19-2011, 05:19 PM
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it is a jake. you can see the irridesence in the feathers there just isnt enough sun shining on it to "light" it up enough. it is most likly a late hatched bird and thus is the reason it has a bit smaller nubs
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:47 PM
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It looks like a hen to me, but what do I know
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:30 PM
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Aw come on! All these responses and nobody mentions the breast feathers?!

Toms will have a black edge on their breast feathers, hens have a buff edge.

All the advice posted is correct, but come on guys.

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Old 04-20-2011, 09:20 AM
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A hen? You can't be serious. Thats a jake for sure without a doubt.
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