Ocellated turkeys???????????????

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by lilwhispers, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. lilwhispers

    lilwhispers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I received my Backyard poultry mag the other day with an article on Ocellated turkeys. Does anyone have them or know of a breeder for them. Would really like to find some eggs to hatch next spring.
     
  2. chickintexas

    chickintexas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I came across a photo of one today and was shocked to see such a beautiful bird! If you find someone that sells eggs, let me know!!
     
  3. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    There's a member here who raises rare and ornamental animals. Spectrum Ranch, I think it is, you might check with them. [​IMG]
     
  4. lilwhispers

    lilwhispers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found a video of a tom in full strut very cool looking. Hopefully this works.
     
  5. DaKid

    DaKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I to seen the article and was also who selling them [​IMG] I would luv to get me a trio also [​IMG]
     
  6. kangababy

    kangababy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I so didn't need to see this post! Now I want some [​IMG]
     
  7. SaraF

    SaraF Out Of The Brooder

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    Ocellated turkeys are from down toward mexico. As far as i know, they are mainly a wild breed. It will be very rare, and a very hefty price to get some eggs of these guys.
     
  8. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    We considered having eggs shipped in (younger brother retired from the Navy and is living in Oaxaca), but it is easier to go down and shoot them than it is to get eggs out without bypassing the legal channels. We also don't think we could do this species justice without an indoor aviary. If we lived in the desert southwest we'd probably give it try.

    A thread with some shots a member took: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=104146&p=1
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    good info. : http://www.nwtf.org/conservation/bulletins/bulletin_06.pdf#search%3Docellated%20turkey
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    site to add to your bookmarks of a fellow at Texas Tech whose Phd dissertation is on Meleagris Ocellata (page is under construction at present): http://www.rw.ttu.edu/mcroberts/
     
  9. lilwhispers

    lilwhispers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After reading the article it says that they don't breed in captivity very well, But they are very cool looking.
     
  10. 49erjohns

    49erjohns Out Of The Brooder

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    I just found a young pair. The guy wants $3000.00 for the pair. If you want the guy's info let me know. JOHN
     

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