My turkeys had a photo session

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Pampered Hen, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. Pampered Hen

    Pampered Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wanted to share a a few shots of my lovely pair of turkeys. He was strutting his stuff while his girl was sitting on my lap - she is a cuddlebug and never misses a chance for some quality time:)
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    And here is this little happy hen:
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    These two are 5 months old now and I'm amazed how many mini molts they have been through. You can see that the tom is still growing some of his adult plumage.
     
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  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
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    Turkeys seem to love the camera!
     
  3. afinney

    afinney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow what awesome bourban reds
     
  4. SaraF

    SaraF Out Of The Brooder

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    Those are the best buorbon reds i have ever seen [​IMG] The seem very photogenic too [​IMG] may i ask where you got them from, or did u breed them? very good quality.
     
  5. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice Turkeys. Your camera takes nice pictures too. I am in the market for a new one. Mine sucks. Can I ask why kind you have?
     
  6. Pampered Hen

    Pampered Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, thanks for the compliments!

    Sara: they came through Ideal Hatchery. Ideal does not hatch BRs but "brokers" them. In other words, I have no idea who actually bred these guys. I started out with ten poults and they were my first home-raised-meat project. But I had a total disaster when the brooder lamp gave out one night and I lost all but these two. In the mean time I had to admit, I can't eat what I raise and the lucky birds have officially risen into pet status.
    Do you really think they are good examples of their breed? Being from a commercial source, I did not expect them to come anywhere close to the standard. They do make for great companions tough and her "bark" and his strutt & gobble has entertained friends and neighbors alike.

    OmaBird: I splurged earlier this year and got me a long wished for Canon Rebel Xsi, a digital SLR.

    What do you look for in a "good" Bourbon Red?
     
  7. SaraF

    SaraF Out Of The Brooder

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    Well y what I can tell from the photos, your tom is very good. Nice birhgt red plumage and a good difference in the tail coloring. I'm sure as he gets older he will get a more defined red band in his tail, almost like royal palm, but softer, as you can see he already has it. I cannot see his wings, but primaries and secondaries are white. He has some of the best plumage I have seen. Where i live, the bourbons are usually more buff and red, and wing and tail color lacks a lot. So yours would deffinetly win any show i've seen [​IMG]
    I cant see much of the hen, but she also has that dark mahogany color that is perferred.

    Here is a photo of a pretty good representation of a "Standard" Bourbon Red.
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  8. Pampered Hen

    Pampered Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The tom's plumage is a couple tones darker than the hen's. I guess from the breed standard point of view he might be the "better" bird. I will see if I can get a got side shot of him this weekend and another one with both for comparison.
     
  9. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    I have been trying to find out if mine are hens or toms! Thanks for posting! Looks like I got two hens! They are about the same age of yours!
     
  10. Pampered Hen

    Pampered Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Took a couple more shots today:

    Mirrow, mirrow on the wall...
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    The mirrow was outside for sanding. I ran for the camera when these two nosy guys discovered.
     
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