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.
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 homozygousbronze 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.