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I gots a new couple of turkeys...what are we?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by spish, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    I got a beautiful couple of turkeys yesterday......they are stunning :) But the people were'nt sure what they were? they bought them last year as chicks but can no longer look after them due to ill health, so the turkeys came to me!

    I have ronquieres turkeys here already (similar to RP's) and these two are bigger than those!

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  2. turkeyguy123

    turkeyguy123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The tom looks bourbon red. I'm not sure about the hen maybe buff?
     
  3. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    so not the same breed then?
     
  4. turkeyguy123

    turkeyguy123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Correct the hen just looks to light to be a bourbon red and seems to have some white feathers as well.
     
  5. daniel rainey

    daniel rainey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the stage is deffenataly a burbon reg and i would think the hen to be a buff or a buff x white of some sort
     
  6. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Based on the tail feathers my guess is that the tom is not a pure bred Bourbon Red but definitely is a high percentage Bourbon Red. The hen is most likely a bourbon red cross. Years ago I raised a Bourbon Red/BBW cross which turned into a very beautiful tom that looked very similar to a Bronze turkey. I doubt that the hen is a cross from a white turkey.
     
  7. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    what a shame....im guessing they will still breed though even if they are crosses right? can perhaps raise the poults as meat birds then....?
     
  8. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Unless you specifically want pure bred birds, there is nothing wrong with breeding them and raising their chicks. It may be very interesting to see what results you get. They should do well since you should get hybrid vigor from their offspring. They are very pretty to me.

    As far as raising the poults for meat birds, the fastest growing hen poult that I had last year was a cross between a Blue Slate and a Royal Palm. It was hard to distinguish her from a Blue Slate if it wasn't for the few scattered white feathers and her final size since she was much larger than my mature Blus Slate hens.

    Enjoy your turkeys.
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  9. wolfie115

    wolfie115 Out Of The Brooder

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    The tom also appear Bourbon Red or mostly Bourbon Red to me. The hen may be a Bourbon Red crosses with something else or maybe a Buff. Mixed breed turkeys sell surprisingly well you never really know what you will end up with and sometimes they and up more colorful than the purebred birds. Not a lot of people show birds and that would be the main purpose for having purebreds in my opinion. We don't have any purebred pairs on our farm but they sure make some interesting looking poults and haven't had an issue finding them homes.
     
  10. TV

    TV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this supposed to be a picture of the hen you're refering to? That's not a hen, all tom.
     

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