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Blue Slates

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by NeTNChknLover, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. NeTNChknLover

    NeTNChknLover Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 13, 2012
    Kingsport, TN
    We have 2 toms (they get along really well), we have been told that they are both blue slate, but one is black. Do blue slates come in the grayish/blueish color and black as well?[​IMG]

    I'm wondering if the black one is a Black Spanish maybe?
  2. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    They can be blue all the way to black.
  3. judsenn

    judsenn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2012
    what i was told, from the guy I got my black Spanish turkeys from, said blue slates are a genetic defect (but in a good way..if that makes sense:) from the black Spanish gene. I have 3 black hens, 1 black tom and 1 blue slate all from the same clutch of eggs.
  4. DeannaOR

    DeannaOR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2012
    Colton, Oregon
    I'm not very familiar with turkey color genetics yet...but not too bad with dog and horse =)
    He may have meant that the blue slate is a dilute of the black.

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