Origin: North America
The breed has been developed on the lines of the Slate turkey. However, the feathers of the Blue are an even colour throughout. The female is usually slighter lighter in shade than the male. This has been a very popular exhibition bird in the past but fewer are seen now than at the beginning of the 20th century.
Colour: male and female
Head: Red, changeable to bluish-white
Beak: Slate blue
Eyes: Dark to black
Throat – wattle: Red, changeable to bluish-white
Legs and Feet: Slate blue
Plumage in both sexes: a light or dark shade of sound and even blue, free from black or brown feathers.
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)
Presence of black or brown feathers.
Day-old Blue poults are a yellowish-white with an extremely pale tinge of blue.