A century of Turkey talk 2000-2100.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by duluthralphie, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    Some get a bit mixed up. The turkey hens I hatched in Feb and March started laying on August and are still laying like crazy. They seem to be better layers than the chicken hens!
     
  2. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    Oddly my two hens are still laying too. I didn't expect they'd still be at it in November!
     
  3. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    I have no hens laying eggs, but I live near the artic circle, or closer than you do anyways.

    More Turkey Pictures:


    This is one of the lavenders/self blues, I think,.
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    This is Ethel Jr. She is not identical in color but has her face and smile.
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    The Tom here is one of my self blue like turkeys with the sandy overtones. Whatever that is called.
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    Same turkey different view
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    I thin this is a red, the IPhone did not get the subtle redness well.
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    Penguin and the red one.
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    I tried to get Penguins shimmer, not sure I succeeded.
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    This is a strange looking turkey that wanted into the pictures, no wings and 4 legs.
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    This is the real Ethel surrounded by her babies.
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    Couple self blues and the dog.
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    JJ the lavenders and the dogs.
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  4. feistychick

    feistychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ralph - I love the pictures! I would love to see what the "sandy colored" turkeys have for offspring - they are really pretty. Penguin still looks kind of like the Rusty Black on Porter's to me - he's such a nice-looking boy (you should take him on your road trip and drop him off to Memphis to make her girls happy lol). Ethel and JJ are beautiful birds and I think it is so neat how many color babies they produce. I want a flock like that!
     
  5. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    Ralph, those are beautiful birds! I agree, the "sandy" ones are interesting. Is Penguin the only dark turkey? He does shimmer in the light!!
     
  6. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    I had one other, but I thought it was a bronze and not black like penguin, but she was taken by critter for a snack.




    I went to porters and looked, I think he is a rusty black also. Can you tell me what babies he can make?

    Next year I will keep the unusual ones under cover until they are a LOT bigger and most predators ignore them.
     
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  7. RanchDressin

    RanchDressin New Egg

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    I really don't know what is "wild" I'm pretty sure they are domestic[​IMG]
     
  8. feistychick

    feistychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That calculator is a mystery to me - I can't wait to see what he might make for babies (hopefully someone who knows how to use the darn thing will tell us :lol: ). Some of his markings look faintly like Turkules (bronze) but he is definitely more black and I think he's really beautiful with his shimmery colors.
     
  9. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    Ok, Penguin. ..assuming he is a rusty black, bred to a Bourbon Red would produce:

    Barred Black
    Bourbon Red
    Bronze
    Red Bronze
    Rusty Black
    Semi-Jersey Buff

    I got lost trying to pick out through correct blue. There are a bunch of different types. Things like resesive slates, self blue, etc.....not sure which to choose.
     
  10. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay...the calculator isn't hard. Try this:

    Go to the main calculator page.

    There is a box that says "Quick Reference for Phenotypes & Genotypes". Click the box and find the type of both your male & female. There are pictures of all types. Write down the "code" for each color. It's typically four letters. For instance Penguin is "Br Rr". A Bourbon Red is "bb Rr". Write down the color code for each bird.

    Now go to the calculator.

    At the top of the page there is a box for male & one for female. There is a series of pull down boxes. Little grey boxes with little arrows.

    So for Penguin. ...you would go to the Grey box that shows "B's"....hit the arrow and find the "Bb" line & tap the circle. That's only half of his Genotype. You the go to the R box and find the Rr line & tap that circle. The Penguins picture will pop up and you go do the same for the female.

    After you enter her code letters, hit calculate.

    Okay...assuming this makes sense...try it.
     

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