Turkeys have beautiful plumage stuffed with full wealthy feathers, however a face that solely a mom might love. A few of the many odd options that you just’ll discover on or close to a turkey’s face are a colourful wattle, a beard (males, but in addition the occasional feminine), and a snood.
The snood is, amongst even the odd issues discovered close to a turkey’s face, a fairly odd factor. When male turkeys should not participating in courtship mating rituals (generally referred to as strutting), their snood is a small piece of flesh situated above the mouth and protruding from the brow. When a male turkey is displaying off for a mate, nonetheless, the snood puffs up and hangs off the aspect of the turkey’s brow.
The form and dimension of a male’s snood is used even exterior of courtship to determine male pecking orders, when you’ll pardon the pun. The truth is, turkeys (female and male) will usually assault one another, trying to wreck the snood of the opposite animal. Turkey farmers, in a bid to cease such behaviors and harm to their livestock, will usually “desnood” their turkeys by snipping off the protrusion (as a preventative measure) when the animals are chicks.