turkeys in the yard

Sexing Turkeys by Their Scat

I know, it’s weird.

But also cool, right?

Ever since I learned that you could sex turkeys by their poop I can barely resist going out when I see them in the yard to play the game. I happened to be out of town when Lance sent me this photo via text message. He knows how to get me to come home as quickly as possible!

turkeys in the yard
turkeys in the yard

Males have straight or J-shaped poops; the females make coils and spirals and such. Here’s an easy one to get you started, from an earlier post:

Turkey poop female
Turkey poop female

That’s right, female.

Now for a couple of new ones. These are older and more dried up because—like I mentioned—I was out of town when the game began. But I didn’t forget! I was out on the mountain the minute I got home. Maybe not the very minute, but soon.

J shaped turkey scat
J shaped turkey scat
spiral turkey scat
spiral turkey scat

One boy poop, one girl poop.

Fun, isn’t it? I love turkeys in the yard.

Bonus for you. Here’s one of my all-time favorite photos of turkeys in the yard. Only problem was that they weren’t in my yard, so I couldn’t play the turkey poop game.

Still, a great photo! (If you look closely you can also see a herd of deer down by the fence.)

Turkeys in the Morning
Turkeys in the Morning

4 comments on “Sexing Turkeys by Their Scat

  1. Well, well. There’s a piece of information I’m not going to forget!

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe

      Ha! Right? And now you’ll be hoping for turkeys in your yard, too!!

      • Trecia Neal

        Now I have to go out and look!! We regularly have mixed flocks sauntering across the property. I showed this to Eric and he, of course, knew this. That’s why our first date was Turkey hunting.

        • Lisa Creech Bledsoe

          Ha! I love that he knew this. And now you’re both (sorry!) birds of a feather. (Whew, I tried so hard to work that in the post, and couldn’t figure out how.) 🤣

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