This year, it is estimated that 247 million turkeys will be produced in the US, all through artificial insemination. These Broad-Breasted Whites Toms are so huge that they can no longer breed naturaly.
Poulets reach a weight of 35 pound in just 19 weeks. If left to live longer, they continue to grow so fast that their legs can no longer support their weight.
This line was bred to be white feathered so as to better hide pinfeathers on the finished bird. Unfortunatly, feather quality has deteriated, becoming so britttle and filled with stress bars it is almost unusable,
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Tying with White Turkey Feathers
Marabou, the fluffy feathers collected from the vent area of a turkey, is by far and away the most used feather from a turkey. Dyed every color imaginable, marabou is called for in everything from trout flies to spey patterns. These long fibers are commonly used for large hackles on spey flies as well as collars on leech patterns.
Turkey Flats, the feathers from the neck and back of the bird, are used in trout patterns to tie wing posts. Turkey Rounds, the secondary wing quills, are used for winging on smaller flies. Turkey Biots, the stiff fibers on the outer edge of the primary wing feathers, are used for wings on the prince nymph or to wrap segmented bodys on dry flies.
For the salmon fly tier the Turkey Tails have been a standard for tying married and mixed wing flies. The fibers are long, they dye well, and marry like zippers. The hard part is to find feathers free of stress bars. Seems that every feather on this taesty bird has a good use!
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Flats get their name from the fact that they are flat, the tip of the feather that is.
The reason that this is important is that when tying cut wings or parachute posts, you want all the fibers to be the same length.
If you were to use a round tiped feather, the fibers at the top of the post would all be different legths.
So here it is not important the size or legnth of the feather, but rather you should be looking for a feather shaped simiar to the white one pictured on the right.
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These are the secondary wing feathers.
|Dyed Turkey Tails - 20 color set
If you're getting the itch to try your hand at married wings, this is a perfect set to start out with. All the primary colors and then some, the fibers marry well and stress bars are at a minimum.
dyed tail sections
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