The Slate turkey is believed to have evolved from crossing Norfolk Blacks introduced to
America, with the Eastern Wild. The breed was admitted to the American Standard of Perfection in 1874. During the turn and early part of the 20th century, the Slate and Blue turkeys were very popular at the London shows.
Colour: male and female
Head: Red, changeable to bluish white
Eyes: Dark Brown
Throat –Wattle: Red, changeable to bluish white.
Plumage in both sexes: slaty blue throughout, which may be dotted or flecked with black.
Legs and Feet: Pink in adults, deep pink in young
Mature stag 10kgs – 12.7kgs (22lbs – 28lbs).
Young stag 7.25kgs – 10.4kgs (16lbs – 23lbs)
Mature hen 5.4kgs – 8.1kgs (12lbs – 18lbs).
Young hen 3.6kgs – 6.3kgs (8lbs – 14 lbs)
The head, neck and back are a yellowish white with a definite tinge of blue. The throat is a pale yellowish white to light yellow, going to a yellowish white underneath the body.
Any entirely black feathers. Feathering that contains brown or buff.