Black Spanish turkeys?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Eckielady, May 22, 2017.

  1. Eckielady

    Eckielady Songster

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    i got these two and thought they were black Spanish but I'm starting to wonder if they're mixes. His stripes on his feathers are different and she doesn't have gray feet. Either she's a mix or she's got some blood loss going on somewhere. She's super pale.
    So, BS or I was thinking maybe they're a mix between the bs and maybe the bronze heritage?
     

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  2. R2elk

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    There really isn't a Black Spanish anymore. The APA only recognizes a Black turkey and they can descend from more sources than Black Spanish. Many Black Slates are sold as Black Spanish and many of those are not a pure Black. Your tom is not a pure Black. He appears to be a Barred Black. A pure Black will not have barring on its wing feathers.
     
  3. Eckielady

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    So the barred black is not a heritage turkey?
     
  4. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    All turkeys that are not the broad breasted meat varieties are heritage turkeys no matter what their color variety is. Barred Blacks as well as all the other color varieties shown on Porter's Rare Heritage Turkeys are heritage turkeys.
     
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  5. Eckielady

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    Thanks much. Any thoughts on the hens skin color? Just can't figure out if it's normal or if she may have bugs on her.
     
  6. R2elk

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    Her head color can change just like the tom's head color changes based on the mood at the time. All the paleness indicates to me is that she like the tom is not a pure black. As near as I can tell from the feet pics, both appear to be about the same shade.

    Good luck.
     
  7. Turkey parents

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    According to the ALC (American Livestock Conservancy) the Spanish Black is while rare is still very much available. Conflicting information so it's hard to know who is correct
     

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