Turkey POP Quiz... Identification Help...

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by texascowboy1979, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. texascowboy1979

    texascowboy1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok..

    In Feb... I was not sure if my turkeys were gonna have babies so I orderd 15 Eastern Wild Turkey Chicks.. They were set to arrive in April.. and I left it at that.... Then, in feb, shortly after I placed my order... My bourbon Red started laying eggs... Her mate is an Easter Wild Turkey male. so I started incubating the eggs... They hatched and were a nice dark red chick turkeys... very easy to tell apart from wild turkeys... Then... towards the end march... My white broad breasted Turkey hen started laying too... and I figured they would not be fertile since she's a HEFTY lady!!! but to my suprise.. they were... I got about 10 chicks hatch from her...

    The White X Wild chicks hatched about 1 week after the Easter Wild Turkeys arrived... I figured that I would be able to tell them apart by color seeing as How it was SUPER easy for me to tell apart the wild from the Burbon Wild REds I produced...

    Now I come to find that IM having a HARD time telling apart which are Pure Wild, and which are Wild White Crosses...

    Please let me know what to look for... I can post pictures of any part of there body.. wings, back, legs, face... what ever you need.. Just let me know.. and I will take pictures tonight and post them... Im trying to find out who's for thanksgiving and who's for breeding.. There are only few Larger dark chicks.. like 4... those I know to be pure wild because I know there not the red crosses... but I still dont want to take any chances...

    Yes, I learned my lesson on not tagging... i made the simple mistake of thinking it would be easy to identify as with the Wild Reds.

    Edit..
    One more thing.. I sold all my Wild Reds, as I call them, and only kept two... so If you need there pics... I can provide... I did my best to sex them... but who knows if Im right. I had to keep a pair of Wild reds to breed back to a single red chick i ordered, and not knowing if its a male or female... thats why I kept a pair of wild red chicks...
     
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  2. Tunastopper

    Tunastopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure would think you would see a size difference.


    and I figured they would not be fertile since she's a HEFTY lady!!! but to my suprise.. they were... I got about 10 chicks hatch from her...

    BBW hens do not have any problem reproducing. It is only the males that can't do the deed do to the big beer bellies get'n in the way. BBW hens with any standard turkey or wild do fine.​
     
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