Lost to history: The “churk”

Chickens and turkeys weren't meant to cross

By Janet Raloff, 11:16 AM November 22, 2011

More than a half-century ago, researchers at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center outside Washington, D.C., engaged in some creative barnyard breeding. Their goal was the development of fatherless turkeys — virgin hens that would reproduce via parthenogenesis. Along the way, and ostensibly quite by accident, an interim stage of this work resulted in a rooster-fathered hybrid that the scientists termed a churk.

The creatures were literally twisted, with crooked legs and beaks and fea...

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