Please Note: We do not raise recessive slates, As far as I know they are no longer in existence in the USA today.
They do exist in Australia and Europe.
If you know of anybody raising or have seen them in the US please let us know.
Photo Courtesy: Deutscher's Turkey Farm, Australia
Photo Courtesy: Megan Crase - Wamuran, Queensland, Australia
In 1936 V.S. Asmundson received two slate- colored hens from El Solyo Ranch in Vernalis, California which had been hatched out of their bronze breeding stock and had barring clearly indicated on the wings.
This was the start of a new slate factor in turkeys which was determined to be a simple autosomal recessive to bronze. The results produced in experimental breedings by Asmundson left no doubt that the gene for slate was in this case recessive to non-slate. (These slate-colored birds were mated to bronze, bourbon red, black-winged bronze and narragansett. All the first generation progeny were non-slate regardless of which way the cross was made)
It seemed best to use sl for this slate gene. These types of slates carrying the bronze color base gene have barred flight feathers and penciled tail feathers.
Photo Courtesy: Marc Sudret, France
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