I'm hoping someone can help me. I have 4 turkeys, 2 Toms: one black and one slate, 2 hens: one chocolate and one narragansett colored. These colors are my best guess and not fact by any means so here's some pics of my adults. We have had a successful first breeding season, however, I did not start hatching any dark colors until recently. The first 2 blacks that hatched were one day apart, both splay leg, and were gaping by day 2. I was able to keep the second one alive longer by syringe feeding a chick food/water mix but he still ended up gaping and dying. Then, I hatched what appears to be a chocolate, again splay legged. Last night, 3 poults hatched, only one black. No splay legs but he can't stand. It's like his legs aren't strong enough to hold him up and I'm wondering if that's what caused the splay legs in the other 3. Pics of one black baby, chocolate baby, and the 3 that hatched last night. So I'm super curious about the dark color mystery but more than that, my heart sinks now when I see a dark one in the hatcher because none have lived. Is it just me or is it weird that I've only had a problem with the dark colors? I've hatched 25 or more narragansett, slate, white, and other colors with no problems until these dark colors. Is it something to do with a genetic color combo I don't know about? I tried researching but couldn't find anything. Hoping someone knows about genetics and colors and give me more info, like are there two of these I shouldn't be breeding together? Here's some of the other babies I've hatched this year, all lighter colors or lighter colored down at hatch anyway, or mottled with dark but none dark colored at birth. Which I was surprised with considering the colors of my adults. ANY INPUT is appreciated!!! Thanks in advance for your help.