cross breeding

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by hunter1hall, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. hunter1hall

    hunter1hall Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im completely new to the turkey thing. I have a bronze tom and a bourban red hen. I am assuming they will produce a cross? Has anyone produced from this mix? The reason I ask, it seems I read or heard that certain breeds wont cross with others. I know it seems like dumb question, but i am curious.
     
  2. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    harp turkey ranch is the people you need to talk to. they have the experience and the birds and a great website. harpturkeyranch.com

    Steve in NC
     
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  3. kE5ranch

    kE5ranch Out Of The Brooder

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    Porters Turkey Ranch is great to has web to.
     
  4. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will make a cross that is for sure of what ??? who knows.

    You would want to get a hold of Kevin from Porters turkeys as they deal in crossbreds that make up different colors and lines of turkeys

    We only raise pure breeds here, so sorry can not help you out.
     
  5. the Old Rebel

    the Old Rebel Rest in Peace -2011

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    I've crossed a bronze tom with a bourbon red hen before. Apparently the genetics in my bourbon red hen were so strong, her offspring were all bourbon reds.... most of them the dark reddish brown that is so popular in our area of the country.

    But when I bred the offspring back to a bronze tom, I got off-white turkeys with butterscotch or caramel markings. They also had teal green in their feathers. They are absolutely beautiful birds. Perhaps tomorrow I can locate a picture of one and put it on here.

    Good luck to you! Raising turkeys is one of the most exciting things I've ever done. I hope you end up feeling the same way.
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    So, if I may butt in here, does anyone know a good website about turkey color genetics?

    The Porter website has some notation on genotypes of different colors which helps some (if a person has lots of time on their hand and a fast internet connection anyhow [​IMG]) but I am wondering if there is somewhere out there that is more of a summary of the subject, describing what the main genes/alleles are and how they interact?

    Thanks for any info,

    Pat
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:I for one would love to see a photo, if you happen to have any handy [​IMG]

    Thanks,

    Pat
     
  8. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I for one would love to see a photo, if you happen to have any handy [​IMG]

    Thanks,

    Pat

    Me too, me too!!! I don't plan to do any cross breeding but I do like seeing the pretty combinations they make.
     
  9. the Old Rebel

    the Old Rebel Rest in Peace -2011

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    Don't give up on me. I'm trying to figure out how to reduce a picture's size so I can get it on here. Also, Chickensioux has one of my crossbreed turkey toms. I'm trying to get her to post his pic. She is a computer whiz. I'm afraid I'm a bit of a dunce!! But fear not, we'll get a picture on here somehow!!
     
  10. the Old Rebel

    the Old Rebel Rest in Peace -2011

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    Here goes something, I hope ------

    [​IMG]

    This is my crossbreed turkey tom, Obnoxious. The partial turkey is his wife, also a crossbreed between a heritage bronze tom and a heritage bronze/bourbon red hen. The heritage bronze in the background is the father.

    The feathers in the tail and on the back have teal green in them. If I can find one of those, I'll take a picture of that and post it on here too. They are truly beautiful.

    I LOVE mixing this with that to see what I'll get. I don't get to do it very often. We are running out of room here. But it sure is fun!!!

    Hope y'all enjoy the picture!!
     

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