Are bearded hens common? Hunting last week in Marinette county I saw 3 bearded hens on one property. I only saw one before seeing these 3. Just wondering if we had a bunch of cross dressers.
Maybe not a full beard , but kind of wispy. Usually when their older !
Bearded hen? I think they prefer to be called gender neutral!! Lol
DNR website states less than 5% of hens have beards and they can reproduce, I didn't see any info on genetics as far as them passing on that trait or if it comes from the Gobbler.
It's obviously a genetic thing, so if it's passed on more will come... They are more common than you think, much more common than 1 in 10,000. My neighbor shot one last week and I saw one yesterday in same area. I've seen as many as 4 in a winter flock.
We're seeing more and more female turkeys identifying as Toms these days. Accept it or you will be labeled a dinosaur!
One in ten thousand is not that common, to see three is really uncommon. I have never seen one alive but my brother harvested one several years back. I just got back today from my turkey hunt in the same county as you, never heard one gobble all week but did fill my tag Friday afternoon as three Toms snuck in on my decoys.