Here is our attempt at reproducing the Oregon Gray Turkey

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Harp Turkey Ranch, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few years ago seen Porters Turkeys with the Oregon Gray and just had to have some. It is close but ??? This year we are going breed back again and see if we can get a true breeding flock. If we can't get the Oregon Gray we were thinking of calling the strain "Washington Gray" [​IMG] We will be selling a few of these eggs this year and poults.


    This is a Jake about 5-6 months old in this picture weighs about 15-18 lbs. Probably about 3-4 lbs heavier now 3-4 months later..

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  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    are turkeys as mean as they look?
     
  3. FrChuckW

    FrChuckW Father to all, Dad to none

    Sep 7, 2008
    Louisville, KY
    Nice looking birds. What are the charecteristics of the Oregon Gray that seperate them from the other breeds, aside from a soft gray color? Are they meatier, better foragers, easier breeders and keepers?

    Also what are the genetics behind the birds you are using to recreate the Oregon Gray?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  4. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    You are getting very close to the Oregon Gray. I would take that Jake and cross him back to either Oregon Gray hens or maybe a royal palm hen. And see what you come up with.
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  5. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Someone on this forum has them too- snmpoultry I think.. Haven't seen him post for quite a while though.
     
  6. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
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  7. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    Quote:My friend has turkeys. They are not really hugable but they are not mean. I really like them.

    Harp Turkey Ranch I think the Jake is very handsome.
     
  8. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are getting very close to the Oregon Gray

    Thanks I get the solid wings not the barring like Porters but all in due time.

    I would take that Jake and cross him back to either Oregon Gray hens or maybe a royal palm hen

    I have some of the F2 hens and 1 F3 hen that I'll be crossing him on this year. I'm hoping I can get the barring on the wings from the F2 cross and retain color from the F3 hen.

    What are the characteristics of the Oregon Gray that separate them from the other breeds

    That they are pretty much extinct. There is no known original breeds of the Oregon Gray left.

    are turkeys as mean as they look?

    No they just look vicious. They are pretty good at scaring strangers though. The all start strutting when new people come over.​
     
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  9. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone on this forum has them too- snmpoultry I think

    Yes he has the ones you can buy from Porters Turkeys when they are not all sold out. That is what we are shooting for. If Porters would only tell exactly how they bred them, but that is for them to know and me to keep breeding.​
     
  10. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a few Pictures of my F2 Hens and the bottom one is my F3 hen

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    F3 Hen

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