Are there other "bantam" turkey varieties?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by dentech, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. dentech

    dentech Chirping

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    I currently have Midget Whites. I'm hoping to get some Beltsville eggs in the spring. Are there other small varieties? I read somewhere that a gentleman in Texas had downsized a bronze variety. I'm new to turkeys and I think I like the smaller varieties, but, it would be nice to have some color.
     

  2. dentech

    dentech Chirping

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    OK, here's another question then. Has anyone used a Midget White tom to a Bourbon Red hen for example? I assume that would be better than the reverse. What color poults would result? What are the color genetics for turkeys when a white tom is used? I'm new to this and trying to learn. Thanks in advance for help.
     
  3. I don't know of any banny turkeys (other than the ones you listed), but the color genetics are:
    - B gene (bronze) {b+ - b^l - B} There are three; Bronze, Black-winged Bronze, and Black (Midgets carry black, bourbons carry bronze)
    - The R gene (red) {R) Bourbons cary this, too
    - The C gene (white) (c) Midgets carry this

    So,
    Midget (B/B; c/c) + Bourbon Red (b+/b+; R/R) =
    Black-Red (harvest Gold) (B/b+; R/r+; C+/c)
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    The only other small one I know of is the Royal Palm. I have not raised them, but they are not supposed to have quite the breast of the Midget or Beltsville.
     
  5. Perhaps that's how big there meat is dressed, but they physically are standard, about equal to standard bronze.
     

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