Blue Slate Turkeys
History: The Blue Slate Turkeys For Sale is a rare, heritage turkey; turkeys were first domesticated in Mexico over 2000 years ago, and the blue slate turkey was first mentioned in literature in the 1800s. In 1874 they were recognized as a standard breed by the American Poultry Association. Even though these colorful birds have been around quite awhile, they are considered to be quite rare. In fact, these heritage turkeys are on the watch list of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, meaning they are globally endangered.
Current Uses: Named for the striking blue slate color of their plumage , blue slate turkeys are often kept as pets and entered into poultry exhibitions. They are also raised for their meat.
Appearance: Blue slate turkeys actually come in three color phases: blue with black specks on the feathers, solid black, and solid bluish gray. Females tend to be lighter than males. They have red to bluish-white wattles, heads, and throats, and they have horn-colored beaks, brown eyes, and black beards. Blue slate turkeys are medium-sized turkeys.
Average weight: 18 – 27 pounds
Lifespan: 5 – 9 years
Grooming: Blue slate turkeys don’t require grooming; however, owners should look over them to ensure there are no changes in health or bug infestations.
Diet: Feeding blue slate turkeys is easy because assuming they are given room to roam outside, they’ll be foraging for vegetation and insects. Owners need only supplement this scavenging with turkey feed. In addition to turkey feed that can be purchased online or in local feed stores, blue slate turkeys can be fed fruits and vegetables. Feeding and drinking areas should be kept clean to avoid illness.
Housing: Coops can be built at home or purchased premade, and they should be sturdy enough to keep the predators and the elements out while providing blue slates with room to move around and good ventilation. Turkeys should also be provided with adequate fenced in, outdoor space to get exercise and forage for food. Coops and outdoor space should be cleaned frequently to keep sickness at bay.
Health issues: If they are fed properly, provided clean housing, and purchased from reputable breeders who screen their birds for diseases, blue slates tend to be quite healthy. However, when bred for a specific coloration that comes from selecting recessive traits, health issues such as cataracts and blindness are more common. Turkey’s are also susceptible to a disease called ‘blackhead’. This parasite is carried in certain earthworms and snails which may be ingested by the bird. Bug infections left unchecked also can cause blue slates to become sick.
Buy Blue Slate Turkeys is a rare breed of turkey of the heritage turkey and admitted into the American Standard of Perfection in 1874. Past breeding is thought to be derived from the Spanish Black turkey of USA and the Norfolk Black in England. The Blue Slate turkey makes an excellent forager and backyard/farm turkey. They are capable of reproducing naturally and do go broody. Baby turkey (poults) sent to you from Global Poultry Co. Ltd® are the “ blue slate (splash)” and the “blues” of the Blue Slate turkey breed.
Our parent stock of Blue Slate Turkeys For Sale on our farms produce 3 color patterns (blue splash, blue and black). The color pattern of the slate turkey breed is interesting to work with on a breeding level. Briefly, a splash slate bred to another splash slate will produce all splash slates (ash blue color with some small black dots), breeding the blue slate to blue slate will produce all three color patterns, blue slate splash, blue and black offspring. The blue to black generally produces offspring of blues and blacks with no splash slates. Black to black will produce generally all blacks. You can also order the “Blacks” of the Blue Slate turkey breed on request and we will pick these out for you.
Are blue slate turkeys good eating?
What does a Blue Slate Turkey look like?
A Blue Slate Turkey usually comes in three characteristic colors: blue (accompanied by dark spots on the feathers), solid blue, or solid black. Their heads, necks, and tails are red to the blue-white color band. The beard of these slates are black, and their beaks are horns.
The Blue Slate Turkey size is quite mid-size, and a Blue Slate Turkey hen is usually lighter than a male.
What are Blue Slate Turkeys used for?
Because of the outstanding and beautiful color fur, blue slate turkeys are raised the most for pets. Their owners often take them to exhibitions, as well as poultry contests.
Besides, like any other turkey, they are also raised for meat.