Blue Slates

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Turkelie, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. Turkelie

    Turkelie Out Of The Brooder

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    What quality is this slate? She is part of my trio. I was curious to see if my birds are breeding material. They are from the same hatch; i thought if shes good material then so are the other two. They are four months old.


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    The trio is splash, blue with black flecks.
     
  2. Turkelie

    Turkelie Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll get somemore pictures later when they go to roost.
     
  3. Turkelie

    Turkelie Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is more photos. First is my tom,


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    My hen Kazzy,


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    My other hen Hope,


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    They are about to be "tucked in" because they don't go in at night.
     
  4. Turkelie

    Turkelie Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone??
     
  5. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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  6. PalmRoyal

    PalmRoyal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the photos, no one can accurately tell if your turkeys are of any quality. To really determine if a turkey is of good quality, you have to go from a hands on approach.
    I believe, in the standard, that it says something along the line of turkeys being bred as meat animals and are highly prized as such. That being said, I would evaluate the meat condition of your birds (breast being given the most consideration and then the drumstick/thigh area being given the second consideration). and then the color and markings.
    The actual "shape" of the bird is harder to explain. I will try to word it here, but I may be very incorrect in my words of choice, so take this with a grain of salt until you see what a correct turkey shape looks like. You want the bottom of the body to be carried almost horizontal to the ground. Then you want the back going at a 45* from the tail up to the head with a slight curve. Again, take this bit with little mind because I do not know hoe to quote the standard correctly without actually quoting it (and it making sense).
     

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