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Color phase turkeys

Postby Chief44 » Thu May 21, 2020 1:43 pm

Pulled one of my cameras the other day and had pics of a solid white jake, bronze colored hen and a smokey white looking hen. This is the third year Ive had pics of the bronze hen. Ive been turkey hunting since the 80’s and could count on one hand the number of color phase birds I’ve seen. Seems kinda odd to have 3 in the same place.
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Re: Color phase turkeys

Postby Rockhound » Thu May 21, 2020 2:42 pm

Wow that hen is gorgeous.
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Re: Color phase turkeys

Postby megalomaniac » Thu May 21, 2020 4:47 pm

Agreed, the bronze hen is the prettiest turkey I've ever seen!

Glad the white jake made it, he'd be a cool bird to chase next year

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Re: Color phase turkeys

Postby woodsman04 » Thu May 21, 2020 5:06 pm

Man those are cool. The bronze hen is the best though. Maybe those genes will pass on to be adult gobblers in the area.

Not saying they are tame or influenced by domestic flocks, but sure is odd to have three different color phases in one flock.

I’ve hunted a long time and seen a lot of turkeys and have never ever seen any color phase. My favorites are the cinnamon/bronze/red.
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Re: Color phase turkeys

Postby Gravey » Thu May 21, 2020 6:57 pm

Very cool pics. Several years ago I had a solid white hen behind my house. No idea whatever happened to her.
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Re: Color phase turkeys

Postby Rockhound » Fri May 22, 2020 1:28 pm

woodsman04 wrote:
Not saying they are tame or influenced by domestic flocks, but sure is odd to have three different color phases in one flock.
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That's just the thing, all turkeys came from north America as the turkeys we have now or oscillated birds in south America. So farm birds were influenced by wild stock instead of the other way around.
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Re: Color phase turkeys

Postby Bone Collector » Fri May 22, 2020 2:57 pm

Rockhound wrote:Wow that hen is gorgeous.



Yeah i was like that is the prettiest turkey I think I've seen.
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Re: Color phase turkeys

Postby Chief44 » Fri May 22, 2020 8:49 pm

Bone Collector wrote:
Rockhound wrote:Wow that hen is gorgeous.



Yeah i was like that is the prettiest turkey I think I've seen.



Yes she is beautiful. I saw her one time while hunting. Looks even better in person.
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Re: Color phase turkeys

Postby 'borohunter » Fri May 22, 2020 9:43 pm

Pretty cool.
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Re: Color phase turkeys

Postby th88 » Sat May 23, 2020 1:05 pm

Bronze are definitely my favorites. I've personally laid eyes on 2, just gorgeous.

Definitely extremely rare to have so many in 1 spot! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Color phase turkeys

Postby rhinoblake » Sun May 24, 2020 1:35 pm

I had my first smoke phase on camera this year. Still have not got to see her in person. She was the prettiest I ever saw...until i saw your bronze hen
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