white holland turkey genes

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by erinszoo, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. erinszoo

    erinszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone explain why white hollands original eye color was blue, but is now officially supposed to be brown for show standards? It seems bizarre to me that if I have a blue-eyed white holland bird and that was the original eye color for the breed that that would make my bird more "true" to species than a later brown eyed adaptation but since I'm new to the turkey and show world, I was wondering if there was a reason for standards to have changed?
     
  2. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm PA ETL#195

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    I will send Walt a message. Maybe he can answer this better than I can.
     
  3. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might get a better answer in the turkey forum a little further down the page.

    I don't know anything about showing turkeys, but I think your reasoning makes sense. If the blue eye color is what the breed standard used to call for, then blue-eyed birds shouldn't be disqualified or anything. But...things don't always work in ways that make sense!
     
  4. fowlman01

    fowlman01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I guess I have to ask.....when was it blue? All turkeys that are recognized by the APA have had brown eyes for as long as I remember and I'm old.

    Walt
     
  5. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm PA ETL#195

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    And sooooo true! But still younger than some we know........ [​IMG]
     
  6. fowlman01

    fowlman01 Overrun With Chickens

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    And sooooo true! But still younger than some we know........ [​IMG]

    There is always someone older, but the field is getting smaller. lol We have some old guys in the poultry world, but my competition at the races is never older than me..... not too many guys 73 years old that still race cars.

    Walt
     
  7. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm PA ETL#195

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    I think we had a turkey breed at Crossroads older than Walt. How old is Duane Urch now?
     
  8. fowlman01

    fowlman01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Duane is older than me.
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