calico x slate = ??

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by muddyhorse, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Songster

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    this last week I hatched my first turkeys I have 11 slates from two different sources and one lone calico. does anybody know what a calico x slate would produce. I know I'm way way ahead of my self here but I'm curious
  2. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Songster

    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    Slates are black based with a blue gene, and calicos are royal palms with a red gene. The offspring of such a cross would be carrying a Black base gene and a black-winged bronze base gene, a gray gene, a narragansett gene, and possibly a red and or a blue gene. That's a lot of junk genes. The Blakc is dominant over the black-wing, so poults should look like some kind of blakc thing. Whether the other genes lead to speckling or colors I could not say (for example, silver dapple turkeys are black based with two narragansett genes). If a poult gets the blue gene, it might look like a slate.

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