Turkey breeding question - crossbreeds

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by RedIII, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I'm sorry for having two threads on here in as many days, but I have a question for the turkey breeders out there. I have been the owner of a turkey hen that I was told was a cross between a Royal Palm and a Bourbon Red. See Exhibit A:

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    She was an excellent mother when broody and I was pleased with how intelligent she was, so I would like to breed more of this type of turkey in the future. I'm told the males of this same mix look like Standard Bronzes.

    My question: Does anyone know which parent in this mix needs to be the RP? Does it matter? If you breed a male RP to a female BR, does it yield a different type of turkey than a male BR over a female RP?

    Any insight is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am afraid you have been misinformed. The turkey pictured is definitely not the result of crossing royal palm with bourbon red. The bird looks pretty much like a standard bronze. If you cross a royal palm Tom with a bourbon red hen, the toms look like red bronzes and the hens look like golden narragansetts. If the red is the Tom and the palm is the hen, they all look like red bronze. Offspring of either combination carry hidden recessive genes, so the next generation can be quite a mix of colors.

    Don't feel bad. Many people misrepresent what they are selling. I think it's usually an accident. I bought some pencilled palm eggs this spring that turned out to be black-winged narragansetts and black-winged golden narragansetts.
     
  3. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh it's not a problem! And thank you for the information [​IMG] I got this particular hen for free when she wandered into a relative's yard as a poult. I couldn't locate the owner and my relative didn't want her, so I took her. She is a gorgeous girl, too, and very smart. And, happily, I got her back (she was recently lost in our neighborhood)

    I will have to pay careful attention to the different types of bronze and wild-type turkey hens when I see them and see what she resembles the most. She's quite small. Here's a picture of her with two Black Spanish turkeys that she hatched in May this year.

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