Slate turkey babies.a help me understand...

duluthralphie

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I am so confused about slate turkey babies.

I have new babies today!! the hen started setting 29 days ago, She kinda brought them to me today..

Anyways I was surprised when I looked at them, I thought all the babies would be one color. They are not.

Some are yellowish, some have a grey on them and some have a red/brown on them.

I can show you the pictures I took today, BUT I cannot get individual pictures until tomorrow. Right now letting Mama and babies get use to the brooder/tank I put them in. The weather here is not safe for them to be on their own, and I do not want predators getting my babies..

Here are pictures, I know they are not great, any help explaining this will be appreciated.

I understand basic genetics and why a Chocolate lab crossed with a white one gives you black babies, BUT these turkeys I do not understand.













Both Parents I am told are slate blues, But actually they have some brown with black spots.
 

duluthralphie

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I will try to get some pictures tomorrow during the day, When I say brown that is not really right, it is a shade of her grey I think.

But who knows I bought them off craigslist so anything is possible...

And you're right healthy is what counts
 

duluthralphie

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So long as they are healthy poults.

Yes, some shots of the adult(s) in natural light would help. Black "splashes" are OK, brown? (looks reddish in shots - like some Bourbon got passed around at some point).

Laggerdogger's posts are informative:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/ne...&order=descending&Search=SEARCH&Search=SEARCH


I could not get a picture of Ethel today, it was overcast and dingy here. She was not very cooperative today, she is kind of a nervous Nellie with her babies. I did look closer and I see dark in here but not "red" Not even sure I would call it brown. I did look at JJ and I did see a light brown "tinge" across his tail. I am guessing you are correct and they are not "pure".

I looked at my other slates, I got from a different source and they are very pure in the "grey/blue" I have at least one hen I would guess is a self blue, as she has no dark spots on her anywhere that I could see. I am not sure if the rest do or not as they stand still for me to inspect. ( I have 15 turkeys total).
 

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That could be. Anything could be. When I compare them to the other slate blues I see the difference. I am guessing I never saw it earlier because of the condition of their feathers.

When I got them their wings had been clipped and many feathers were wore down and broken. Now that they have molted ( well the tom anyways) you can really see the brownish red tint in a band across his tail and the feathers on his back. Also his feather ends are darker than the slate blue and self blues I have.

And the babies are definitely not slate. I think they will be a pintos..Like a paint horse
 

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Interesting thread!

The pictures you posted and the feather are nearly identical to mine!

Obviously, someone lied to someone or did not know the truth about what the turkeys were. I feel bad I told people they were slate blues when in fact they are not. I may just pull them out of my breeding program. Or maybe I will just raise those "lilac" or "red slates" or whatever they are. They are beautiful birds.

I will try to get a picture of JJ (the tom) if I can today. He is very friendly but camera shy and closes his tail whenever I want pictures..
 

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When I found out mine were crossed I just started to breed them as such.
Your poults look exactly like mine did at that age.
This fall I will decide if I am going to go Lilac or red slate.
The specked spotted looking poults will turn red slate and the yellow/white ones will turn Lilac.

I should also take some more pics of my poults grown up to update that thread.
 

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