It is interesting that all the responses so far are in favor of breeding that turkey and trying to continue the tufted trait. Certainly everyone can have their own opinion. If I hatched a bird like that, it would be the first on the freezer camp list. But then again, I don't like the "fancy" chickens, either.
But don't let what I think influence you. If you like the appearance of that turkey, by all means keep it. Just be careful breeding it, and if you ever distribute offspring, please be sure to let the new owners know that your line of turkeys carries such a trait so they are not surprised!
I posted this to another group that I belong to, and somebody mentioned that there is a possibility that crested ducks are crested because the skull is deformed. They were wondering if the same might be true for turkeys.
And Laggerdogger, one reason I suggested breeding is because there could well be a market for crested turkeys. Personal preference or not, there are folks who would love something like that.
Quote:Absolutely there are! That is why I suggested that the DebbieF not let my opinion affect her choice of what to do. My dissenting opinion was not meant to invalidate anyone else's opinion. After all, if we all had the same opinion of what a turkey should look like, there would only be one color of turkey, and how fun would that be? Well, still more fun than chickens, but not as fun as it is now...