Originally Posted by duluthralphie
I am waiting for R2Elk to make a trip to Minnesota to identify my birds for me. I am sure they will still be here, whenever that is. The people on the Minnesota page have accused me of being a bird addict and refusing help.
I am going to check the home page and see what I think I have. Maybe I have that rare "read expensive" recessive" ( what ever that is).
Sorry Ralph but I no longer even get to go hunting here in Wyoming because I have no one to care for my animals if I were to leave.
I believe that Ethel and JJ are Rusty Slates based on their colors and the multi variety of poults that they produce. I believe that your light colored red turkey is a Jersey Buff because of its parentage and its lighter than Bourbon Red color.
Your turkey that looks like Ethel and JJ but without the dark spots may be as simple as a self blue rusty slate or even possibly a lilac since both of those variations are possible from Rusty Slate parents.
It is possible that at sometime someone could get a mutation to a recessive slate but after all the years that there have not been any recessive slates in the USA, it is not very likely. It would also take a lot of controlled breeding or DNA testing to prove that it is a recessive slate.