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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by indigo flats, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. indigo flats

    indigo flats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In some states it is against the law to keep wild turkeys so if you have turkeys and one of the hens mate with a wild turkey do you have to destroy the poults or can you keep them? I plan on raising some turkeys and wild turkeys pass through my 6 acres and I will be free ranging the turkeys I raise so there is a possibility that they will encounter a wild turkey. The Narragansett turkey is what I am interested in and it was created using wild and domestic turkeys so would you be able to tell that the poults are cross breeds or not? Just thinking ahead of the game.
     
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    You have to check your local laws to find out. Your local game warden or DNR officer will be able to answer your questions. It is best to know the answers before you run into such a situation.

    Where I live the law states that if there is wild blood in the offspring they are wild turkeys and as such belong to the state. Here you have to have a permit to be able to own wild turkeys so a permit would be required to have the half wild offspring.

    As far as color goes Wild turkeys are Bronze turkeys. The only color gene difference between a Bronze and a Narragansett is the recessive (n) gene. If a Narragansett tom (nn) were to breed a Bronze hen the offspring would be sex linked and all the hens would be Narragansett (n-) and all the toms would be Bronze split to Narragansett (Nn). If it was a Bronze tom breeding a Narragansett hen the offspring would be Bronze (NN, N- or Nn).

    People who really know what they are doing may be able to distinguish between Bronze and Narragansett poults.

    Bronze

    http://www.porterturkeys.com/Bronze Poult.jpg

    Narragansett

    http://www.porterturkeys.com/Narripoult.jpg
     
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  3. indigo flats

    indigo flats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now that is the kind of information I was looking for. So if it was a wild tom breeding the Narragansett hen all the turkeys would resemble the wild turkey is that right?
     
  4. R2elk

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    In that case all the poults would be bronze.
     
  5. indigo flats

    indigo flats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you come up with the genetic info?
     
  6. R2elk

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    You can run the Turkey Color Calculator at Porter's Rare Heritage Turkeys.

    http://www.porterturkeys.com/turkeycolorcalculator.htm

    Bronze males are:

    bb CC dd EE NN PnPn RR SlSl SpSp

    Bronze females are:

    bb CC dd E- N- PnPn RR SlSl SpSp

    Narragansett males are:

    bb CC dd EE nn PnPn RR SlSl SpSp

    Narragansett hens are:

    bb CC dd E- n- PnPn RR SlSl SpSp

    The e (brown) and n (Narragansett) color genes are recessive and are sex linked in that the hens only have one of these color genes where males can have 2 of them just like all the other color genes.
     
  7. indigo flats

    indigo flats Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank You.
     

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