The Light Gray later known as the Oregon Gray turkey variety has been considered extinct for a decade now as the last known pair died back in the late 1990's. But they can be recreated since the necessary genes are present in several other Heritage turkey varieties.
I have been able to do this with an experimental breeding group of turkeys that I call Silver Dapples,which carry all the necessary genes.
So now the Oregon Gray is back for a second chance.
Oregon Grays have a white base plumage color with black pigmentation about the edges of the feathers. The typical black and white colored barring in the wing feathers appears as a mixing of the two colors without definition.
The adult pattern resembles the palm pattern but is different.
Toms are a shade darker than hens. At hatch, the gray poult has a yellow-gray down color with dark black or brown stripes on its back.
I have found through test breedings over the years that Oregon Grays are actually homozygous bronze based with a single gray and white gene as well as the addition of narragansett genes. Genotype: bb cgc nn
This variety produces three results, Oregon gray, dark gray and white.
Approx. Mature Weights: Toms 33 pounds and hens 18 pounds.
More dedicated breeders are seriously needed to help get this variety re-established to safe numbers.
(Young Oregon Gray toms)
Closeups showing detail of feather color/patterns
(Above) 4-6 week olds
Above: Dark grays produced from Oregon gray breedings
Day old poult color/pattern
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