What color are these toms?

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  1. ma2babygurl13

    ma2babygurl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this guy a eastern wild?
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    (the one struttin)

    What color is this boy considered?
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    (the lighter one in the center not struttin)
     
  2. turkaholic

    turkaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not pure. Most likely a standard bronze with a touch of wild in it's ancestory. The buff tail and rump feathers may indicate Rio rather than eastern.
     
  3. Boggy Bottom Bantams

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    agreed, 100% not eastern at all.
    judging by leg color and thickness too, it's not even a wild strain,
    bronze domestic.
    so many people sell so called wild strains due to the higher price they can get for them, but they are either mix bred, or just stinkin ol bronze birds. Very few breeders actually have true 100% wild strain turkeys. Virtually none out side or eatserns and rios.
     
  4. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a pic. of my eastern wilds. And a bourbon red....

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  5. Boggy Bottom Bantams

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    Sorry, the bird in the foreground is also a bronze, not an eastern. The one in the back, may be, hard to see him but is color looks much better(see how it is solid chocolate in color).
    Eastern wild turkeys have a solid brown tail with black bars. Both the primary and secondary tail feathers are all chocolate brown, no color contrast between the two sets. Also all lower back feather tips, secondary tail tails and USUALLY primary tail tips, are also chocolate brown colored, usually exactly the same as the rest of the feather no contrast in color.
    Only exception is sometimes the primary tail tips can be somewhat lighter brown to very dark buff in color. Another indicator is, true easterns have red legs, pale pink at the lightest. And they have a green , copper/red body shine in the sun.
     
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  6. ma2babygurl13

    ma2babygurl13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:this is the best description of an eastern i have found! Is hens coloration the same? are their legs red as well? I wasn't told either was a wild... they were outta my old tom that I no longer own who we suspected was of at least part wild decent.
    this is him
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    these were the hens that both of the birds were from (I believe the light hen produced the light tom and the dark hen produced the dark tom)
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  7. Boggy Bottom Bantams

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    Thanks,
    I am a wild turkey lover, have rios, merriams, and osceolas myself, we arent allowed easterns( local bird) or I'd have them too, I do have 6 mounted in the house though, as I hunt them every year.
    Anyway, if he was a possible cross to one, that makes sense!
    The hen on the right, the darker one, looks close, see how much darker she is. And yes it holds true color wise for them too, actually a more brown overall tint to a hen with less body shine and usually slightly lighter leg color.
     
  8. arabianequine

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    I thought I read something about a chocolate heritage turkey before could that be what it is?
     
  9. Boggy Bottom Bantams

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    Quote:not at all. Totally different bird. There are chocolates, only a small handful have them though, and they are pretty much one color
     
  10. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

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