Other common names: Slate Turkey; Lavender Turkey
The Blue Slate Turkey 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 (APA). Today, the Blue Slate turkey is considered an endangered variety.
Appearance: Self Blue, Slate Blue and Black occur with this variety. With, an ashy gray being the desired coloration.
Housing: Coop with free range, or a large pen
Temperament: Easily tamed, but active breed
Breeds naturally: Yes
Broody: Excellent mother
Meat: Very good
Weight: (Medium) 14 - 23 lbs
What else you should know:
Producing Slate turkeys can be tricky, as not all colorations breed true. These are the following results you will receive, if breeding together these two colors:
Slate X Slate = Slate, Self Blue, Black
Self Blue X Self Blue = Self Blue
Self Blue X Black = Slate
Slate X Black = Slate, Black
Self Blue X Slate = Slate, Self Blue
Black X Black = Black
heritage turkeys, great pets, striking blue slate, free range, meat, affectionate
Beautiful, curious, funny!
I chose the Blue Slate because of their beauty and love to free range and forage for food. The meat is tastier because of the slower growth and free ranging. They love people and would come right into the house if the door was open!.
From Farmergirl Nov 11 2011 7:33PM
Blue slate turkeys are the exception to rather stupid turkeys juts interested in food. Blue slates will forage, in that way they are always thinking about food, and are not susceptible to many of the common turkey ailments. They have a stunning blue hue. It really is the color of blue slate. Their meat is some of the most flavorful you will ever taste. The only downside to Blue Slates is that they are rather hard to find. You'll have to go searching a bit to find a breeder..
From MCEddyB Apr 22 2015 12:19PM