So we just went down to the coop to do the selection process. 45 turkeys in all, three of them last year's breeding stock, remainder were bought, hatched from shipped eggs, or hatched from our eggs. I sold several off already as live birds, and had some losses during growout. Three are slated to sell on Friday, and six are to be kept for next year's breeders.
Son of Scooter (Golden Narragansett, the larger of the two. He has a great temperament, conformation, and color to boot. This Porter line has been exceptional, this one is Generation 5). He is about 4" taller than his father.
Oregon Gray (son of Scooter and Big Mamma, the BBB). He will sire my meat bird line, which will be a BB/heritage cross.)
Horrible photos, but he cannot refrain from tasting EVERYTHING. Keys, buttons, zipper tags, camera lenses, flashlights, shoelaces, fingers...
He towers over his father
Big Mamma, the now almost two year old BBB rescue hen. She is meaner than a rattlesnake and as good at brooding as an elephant, but she makes some really nice babies (if you get the eggs before she steps on them) and is a great layer. A tom has to be bold and quick to get the better of her!
Old Mamma, the almost three year old Golden Narragansett hen. She is my best layer, producing over 90 eggs this year, with exceptional fertility. She is really petite, though. After I get my 2016 eggs she will be allowed to retire to broody hen if she is so inclined.
An unrelated 2015 Bronze hen, from bought poults.
An unrelated 2015 Bourbon Red hen, from eggs from Jessshan8. His eggs produced beautiful poults (those I didn't kill in the EZ Bake LG)
I am looking for one or more white hens so I can breed more Oregon Grays. Without whites, it will take me two years to get more. These birds will be my unique "brand".
DH is completely on board with this program, even though Scooter is his favorite!
Edited by WalnutHill - 10/27/15 at 6:51pm