Turkeys

Blue Slate

Lovely birds but watch out for genetic bottlenecks

A review on: Blue Slate
Indyshent

Pros: Lovely color; sweet, quiet bird

Cons: Going blind, very small and sickly

I have one slate turkey (lavender/self-blue) and, unfortunately, she's going blind due to a genetic fault which is very common in the Penn State line. As the breed was nearly extinct, most Slates are related to the few birds which were used to try to bring them back from the brink of extinction, and this means that quite a number of deleterious alleles are floating around in their gene pool at...
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Best overall breed I've kept yet
Best overall breed I've kept yet

Black Turkey

Pros: Big, hardy, alert, friendly, great instincts, great layers, quiet

Cons: none

Lovely and unique turkey
Lovely and unique turkey

Oregon Gray turkey

Pros: heritage, lovely colors, great table and barnyard turkeys. White feather shafts make a cleanly dressed bird.

Cons: none to speak of

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Barnyard Turkey

Barnyard Turkey

While not an actual breed, mixed breed turkeys have a great variety of color and resistance to disease.

Black Turkey

Black Turkey

“We got 12 of these buggers from Cackle in 2012 as poults, and I raised 2 to adulthood. They are now pets as much as my dog! My hen is an EXCELLENT egg layer! In the early spring, she will lay an egg every day, then as the summer comes on, she lays every other day. Right now (its almost October) she's giving me an egg every day and a half to two days. Their eggs are delicious, too! I...” --Haida

100% Positive Reviews
Blue Slate

Blue Slate

“I have one slate turkey (lavender/self-blue) and, unfortunately, she's going blind due to a genetic fault which is very common in the Penn State line. As the breed was nearly extinct, most Slates are related to the few birds which were used to try to bring them back from the brink of extinction, and this means that quite a number of deleterious alleles are floating around in their gene pool at...” --Indyshent

100% Positive Reviews
Chocolate

Chocolate

“I really like my chocolate turkeys. Their meat has more of a game taste to it and they are a little on the flighty side. They are friendly and good mothers. I have a chocolate hen that wants to do nothing but lay on eggs. They are very good for free ranging.  ” --CochinLover1

100% Positive Reviews
Midget Whites

Midget Whites

“ So i have had turkeys several times, each times midget whites and browns. I since last year, have Loved these guys. We had 2 hens I believe and they followed me around like I was there mama! I would buy these a million more times! The only bad thing is we had some toms once and if you got in front of them, or a chicken, they would peck you and be mean. They once took the skin off my nose!!...” --CochinBrahmaLover

100% Positive Reviews
Narragansett

Narragansett

“ I had about 8 of these birds this year. I ordered a "hatchery choice" and got mostly Royal Palms and a few of these to make up the price difference. The poults are nearly 10 dollars each... making this breed to fancy for my dinner table and losses are common with turkey babies as they "forget" to eat or drink. They must be reminded a few times a day or have a chicken chick in with them to...” --FarmTillURdead

100% Positive Reviews
Oregon Gray turkey

Oregon Gray turkey

“I have been breeding Oregon Gray and Dark Gray turkeys for a couple of years.  Because they are a combination of color genes and not a bloodline, they appeared in my mixed flock by crossing a bronze with white and a Narragansett with gray.  I have enough now to breed them and I like the way they dress clean with the white feather shafts.  Mating Oregon Gray to Oregon Gray results...” --WalnutHill

100% Positive Reviews
Red Bourbon

Red Bourbon

“ I ordered 20 of these birds my first year farming because "Mother Earth Magazine" posted an article, "How Eight Heritage Turkeys Kicked a Butterball’s Butt". The article caimed in a blind taste test Midget Whites and Red Burbon turkeys were the best tasting bird available. I prefered a larger bird so I got the Reds. This breed isn't flighty and I have never had a problem with aggression....” --FarmTillURdead

100% Positive Reviews
Ridley

Ridley

“ I guess that is normal for most farm animals to be moody during breeding and nesting season, I have had 4 turkeys (standard bronze) and they are only pets, I only have 1 now and she is great but I have had to put her in her place a couple of times when she thinks she is the boss. ” --chickndoglover

100% Positive Reviews
Ronquieres Turkey

Ronquieres Turkey

“ so AWESOME -----------DUCKHOMIE12 ” --duckyhomie12

100% Positive Reviews