> Do you think the beard was longer at some point in time before the picture and was possibly broke off during sparring or something else, because this bird is a monster and it is still real thick at the base. <
A blunt beard with a reddish-blonde tip likely has two causes-
Most likely it was a melanin deficiency due to a poor nutritional phase. This causes the beard to become discolored, brittle and break off. In some gobblers where the condition is not severe enough to cause breakage, it can show up as lighter colored stripes across the beard.
Secondly, and less likely, in severe winter conditions beards can break off from being dragged through the ice and snow. All of the turkeys we harvested in South Dakota had stubby beards with red tips.
Not sure where white wings was spotted and photographed. If it was farther south without harsh winter weather that would rule out condition number two.
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