Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs
I hatched two bourbon eggs from Porters, so I'm not sure if they are actual siblings, though odds are they are related in some way, I think. The hen is normal, she's next to him in my first picture.
I just thought of something funny, I make my bantam hens hatch my turkey eggs, one of the hens was a frizzle Cochin, coincidence?
LOL yep that is, BUT what a coincidence! I would assume Porters have so many turkeys and customers they would have no idea which eggs are which or even how related they are.
We were just talking on the Turkey Genetics FB page about him. He is the talk of the nation!!
I am assuming, me not the experts, if he has the fluffy feather (hairy feather) gene and it was common 500 years ago. From my understanding early settlers/explorers describe turkeys as "hairy".
They would die out by natural selection. A fluffy bird could have trouble surviving cold or wet and be eliminated from natural wild populations and bred out by man in selecting the strongest birds...
He is just so exciting! He deserves a room of his own on a golden roost!