I recently purchased these turkeys from a local chickenstock. The card on their cage said bourbon red x royal palm, but they don't really resemble either breed. I was doing some research and they kind of look more like bronze. Anybody want to guess on breed and possible gender?
It's possible, genetics aren't like mixing paint. According to Kevin Porters site Royal Palms are 'Black winged bronze base with palm and narragansett genes'. For Bourbon Reds he says 'Their genotype is (b+b+rr) Bronze based and homozygous for recessive red.' With bronze in the background for both parent breeds...
Thank you all for your input and compliments. What they are really doesn't concern me. I'm just thrilled to have turkeys finally if they end up looking anything like bronze I'd be ecstatic. I think they're the most beautiful breed. I would be just as happy if they turned out white or red, but i really like the more natural look. I definitely think one's a tom. He displays for anything that will watch, and has a heavier build than the other. They have so much personality! I could sit and watch them for hours.
Wow! those are really pretty birds! I have a Royal Palm Tom and a Chocolate hen (although my Hen could be the identical twin sister of your pictured bourbon red hen, so maybe my girl is actaully a BR, instead of the far more rare chocolate, which actually makes more sense).
The cross between the Male RP and Female BR produces a lovely bird, thank you so much for sharing!