hi there another question, this time about turkeys.
I hatched out turkey eggs sourced locally back in july. have never had turkey's before but have really enjoyed the experience so far. the eggs were sourced as dare I say means for a Christmas dinner home reared where I know they have been looked after and have been happy. any way I have really fallen in love with them and now have more eggs in the incy in minds of breeding my own for next year.
anyway to get to the point I have one turkey (ozwald) who has 2 cooket feet, his/her toes all bend sidey ways. she can perch and walk and it dosen't seem to bother her at all, reminds me of the vultures from jungle book when she runs as the bobs up and down. I have another turkey with one foot like this. have just hatched out another egg the other day (serenity)and she has one poss 2 feet like this. tried to straighten it but not working.
what I wonder is, if any of these guys are bred with/from will they pass on the crooked feet. it has been suggested that it is due to in breeding, the latest guys I have in the bator is from another source to ensure new blood into my stock, but the latest baby was from the same folk as the first lot if you understand what I mean.
Ozwald is slightly smaller (and a girl oops) so won't be fat enough to eat at Christmas, serenity will be too young, the one with one wonky foot is of average size. i'm asking because as it turns out these funny footed ones will prob be the ones coming to maturity first being older. funny footed ones are all from the same breeder if it's due to inbreeding will the others (10 in total) carry the wonky foot gene too? ie should any of them be bred from, or should I get yet another set of eggs from another breeder and try again? this will mean waiting until at least April so 2017 before getting our own chicks? if this is better I will do this. or will I be able to breed the wonky gene out?
or of course could it have been caused by another problem, incy temp ect. I am thinking of breeding defect as same breeder different incy's have hatched out last lot from new chick.
thanks in advance for any advise help in this area.
long message as trying to explain background to get best advise