The Cackle Hatchery Black Slate Turkey comes in mostly black feathers, with some occasionally white and slate grey feathers. As a young poult, it might have several white feathers but will shed and replace most of them to black feathers by 6 months of age. They make a great free-range turkey and priced for the bargain seeker.
Baby turkey (poults) sent to you from Cackle Hatchery® are the Black Slate poults which come from our flock of Slate turkey breed. Our parent stock of blue slate turkeys on our farms produce 3 color patterns (blue splash, blue and black). The color pattern of the slate turkey breed is interesting to work with on a breeding level. Briefly, a splash slate bred to another splash slate will produce all splash slates (ash blue color with some small black dots), breeding the blue slate to blue slate will produce all three color patterns, blue slate splash, blue and black offspring. The blue to black generally produces offspring of blues and blacks with no splash slates. Black to black will produce generally all blacks.