True Chocolates

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by shadowmane, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    In the future, I would like to add turkeys to my backyard flock. I've decided that I would like the Chocolate, given its history down here in the South. I know it really don't matter if you're just raising meat birds, but I haven't really been able to find what I'm looking for with my search-fu. Does anyone know of a reputable authentic Chocolate breeder or hatchery? I would really like to order some this coming fall for next spring if I can get it past tier one approval (from the wifie).
     
  2. Marengoite

    Marengoite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Color does matter with meat birds. Bronze birds have dark pin feathers and the carcass doesn't look as clean as lighter feathered breeds like the whites. Bourbon reds and Jersey buffs have the advantage of darker plumage than the whites, but with lighter pin feathers that leave a nice clean bird when plucked.

    As for where to get good chocolates, I have no idea. I like the red birds. You might check Justin Porter in Indiana. He raises a wide variety and has high quality birds. http://www.porterturkeys.com/chocolate.htm
     
  3. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've checked that site out. He says himself there that he cross-bred to get his chocolates. I'm looking for the true bird, not someone's cross-breed to re-create the bird.
     
  4. zzGypsy

    zzGypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a nice chocolate hen before someone took a bolt cutter to my gate lock and stole her
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    try here:
    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chocolate_turkey.html

    I've bought lots of ducks and chicks from them, but no turkeys so far. happy with everything I purchased, but I'm a utility type - not a show type, so they may or may not fit your needs.
     
  5. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, I'm not really going for show bird. I would just like to raise some real chocolate turkeys eventually.
     
  6. Porterturkeys

    Porterturkeys Out Of The Brooder

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    What I actually did was take the available chocolates "crossed up as they were" and bred out genes that should not be in them.
    This was a project that took several years of selective breeding to get them back to a pure state.
    What I have now are as pure as you are going to get.



    Kevin

    Porter's Rare Heritage Turkeys
     
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  7. shadowmane

    shadowmane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay. I'm not a really that knowledgeable on breeding. I just wanted to make sure it was the real thing before I bought it.
     
  8. Porterturkeys

    Porterturkeys Out Of The Brooder

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    What I have is definitely the real macoy.

    Not crossbreeds.

    Kevin

    Porter's Rare Heritage Turkeys
     
  9. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

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    I have some coming from you with a few of your other breeds. I am so excited, your birds are stunning!!!!
     
  10. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    they look better in person! [​IMG]

    I ordered birds from Kevin last year.. then took advantage of the early ordering for this year.. can't wait to get my new poults
     

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