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Turkeys item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - Quite sweet
Dependent on his people
Seem fairly hardy
Cons - Very loud
I love my lil' tom, Slater. He is such a people turkey. He can scream quite loud, though, and does so frequently...especially when no person is in the room with him (even though he's not alone, because he's being brooded with chicks). He gets along well with my chicks, too...at least at this point.
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 high frequencies. Lavender females are more likely to have this progressive blindness. Apparently, their eyes are shaped somewhat differently (little more oblong if mine is an indication, she also seems to have a muscular problem in that her eyes don't appear to focus on anything in front of her). When buying poults of this breed, and especially of this color within the breed, be sure to examine the poults for this strangeness of eye shape.
The jenny I have has fallen more and more behind her "sisters" and isn't even half the size of the bronze jenny I bought at the same time. The lavender jenny is exceptionally small and has extreme difficulty finding her way around the yard, eating and eating. She gets lost easily and has to be manually moved into the coop regularly at night. She's a lovely, sweet little turkey, so it's particularly heartbreaking that I can't do anything more to help her.
Pros - Friendly, beautiful, and are able to naturally breed
Cons - None
I have had my slates for about three years now. I love them. They are great to show at the county fair and are very friendly. I do my own poultry processing and very much enjoy the rich flavor of the blue slate's meat. They are great for free ranging, very friendly, and very hardy. These turkeys are tough and weather tolerant. I can't recommend this turkey breed enough.
Pros - Calm, friendly, healthy
Cons - very meek and shy for the first couple of hours
I purchased three turkeys from a fellow turkey farmer. both my birds and his had been dewormed and vaccinated for other health problems. both also on meticated food. The birds were introduced and the quickly figured out their place in the pecking order. 2 slates and a naragansett. the slates have already become comfortable in the new enviornment
Pros - calm, easy going and hardy
Cons - none
Very tame and friendly, inquisitive. Extremely hardy as poults.