So this may seem like a dumb question, but how exactly do you age a turkey? I mean, what are the physical differences between a 2-year-old turkey and 3-year-old or older turkey. 9 1/2" beard and 1" spurs seems rather dandy to me. My turkey 3 years ago had an 11" beard and 1" spurs on both sides, and weighed 20 lbs. When he gobbled, the smaller jakes tucked tail and ran. My dad's turkey 2 years ago had a 3" but very gray and gnarled beard, almost 1" spurs, and weighed 19 lbs, and acted rather dominant too!