A recent thread on Mutts vs Lilacs has opened up a discussion that many turkey fans may not be watching. (I would cite the thread but I'm not computer literate enough, sorry). Without all the history, the gist of the question is "do you consider different heritage turkeys to be different breeds like labrador retreiver and english setter, or just different colors of one breed, like black, yellow, and chocolate labs?" Its interesting to think about. Different breed of dogs have been selected for various traits in appearance and behavior. Following this logic, turkeys would have at least three breeds; wild, heritage, and broad-breasted. Heritage birds have been selected for domestication and broad-breasteds have been selected for jumbo meat production. But among the heritage strains, would you consider bourbon red to be a different breed than a royal palm, or a different color of the same breed. I often hear them refered to as heritage breeds, but are they? In dogs, when you cross a member of a breed with another member of the same breed, the outcome is pups of that breed, even though colors may vary. But if you cross breeds, you get mutts. Can you get a mutt turkey, or do you just mix up the color genes within the heritage turkey breed? I pose this as a question of opinion. Are there resources out there that have already answered the question? And if they have, so what! Let's talk about it anyway.