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Royal Palm Reviews

Positive Reviews


My Royals


Pros: Friendly, Heritage Breed, Good Foragers, Good looking addition to the farm

Cons: Small body size

I have six Royal Palm turkeys that are now about 5-6 months old.  Thus far, I have not butchered any of the toms, but will once once we are through the rough part of our Minnesota winter.  They are very good at foraging for their own food and come a running when some corn is scattered about for the chicken prior to roost.  They roost most often on a fence rail, but sometimes in a large pine above the chicken coop.   They get along with the rest of the critters; guineas, geese, goats, chickens and a Maremma, but sometime don't see eye to eye with one on my ganders.  They seem to be handling the Minnesota climate just fine.  Right now the temps are at a...
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Negative Reviews

Country Marans

Will not be getting another


Pros: Pretty, flashy, never actually flogged me

Cons: chicken killer, tended to 'wing beat' humans

          Bought two of these from Cackle, one died a mysterious death in the brooder, and that should have been my first clue. The one that survived never stopped strutting, all year long. He was pretty for about a year, and then something happened. I found a dead hen in the house, obviously from cannibalism, so I bought some pick-paste, made sure to loose the birds early every morning, kept their feed and water full ect. But it kept happening. The rooster seemed to defend the hens, but when he died from a raccoon break-in, everything just went downhill. The last one standing was the turkey. Then he took to pacing the fence,...
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More Reviews


Good ornamental freeranger, not great meat bird.


Pros: Pretty birds, good foragers, great parents.

Cons: Dresses out like an old laying hen.

I raised a group of 8.  They were all flighty and could get over a 5 ft fence even with clipped wings.  After processing a couple of toms I sold the rest as breeders due to poor carcass quality.  If you are looking for an excellent meat bird I recommend looking elsewhere.  The toms I had processed were 8 months old and weighted 11lbs dressed out.  The flavor was good but the meat was tough, the carcass looked like a larger version of some old laying hens that we processed a while back.  They were allowed to free range and had ample access to grains and a high protein grower pellet from the local feed mill.     If you are looking for something...
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Funny birds


Pros: friendly, curious, beautiful, good broodies

Cons: hard to find, expensive

I have 5 Royal Palm turkeys. I had a pair two years ago, but when my tom died and I couldn't find another one, I sold my hen and got eggs and poults. They are very sociable, curious birds, and very friendly. My hens like to fly up on my bird feeder (an Amish-made, large, wooden one) and peer in the window to see what is happening inside. If the door gets left open, they all walk in the house! I am working on building up a nice flock and then raising some for the freezer, too. Turkeys are the most fun bird on the property!

Amazing Turkey!!


Pros: Sweet, Pretty , and calm

Cons: Can be bossy, and bossy about her eggs

Royal Palms are great I really don't have anything bad to say about them. They can be a little bossy to other birds by chasing. They get along with mostly anything or anyone. I would 100% buy another Royal palm turkey. Hope this helped!

Skittish, sickly, pretty


Pros: Pretty, relatively non-aggressive, chivalrous for the most part

Cons: Prone to sinus problems and always seems to be sick or injured

I bought a 1-yr-old Royal Palm tom from a BYC member, but it turned out that he was horrendously ill. He escaped quarantine after a few days of rigorous antibiotic treatment, and finally (weeks later) seems like he might be more or less recovered (we had to find where he was roosting and continue dosing him nightly). We named all of our turkeys this year for dragons, so his name, due to respiratory issues, is Puff the Magic.    Puff's about 3ft tall and at most 10lbs.  His lovely plumage is starting to come back in (former owner tore a bunch of it out when the luckless boy tried to escape as he was changing hands). He is a very pretty bird. After raising only...
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Wonderful pet of all ages


Pros: Toms are Friendly, Most Hens are Friendly, Great Foragers, Very Beautiful

Cons: Fly, Hens are Jumpy, Very Small

My Royal Palms are wonderful. We have two toms (Gerald and Jeffery) and then five hens (Pepper, Poppy, Posy, Pansy and Penny). Gerald being the most friendly, fallowed by Jeffery and then Pepper. The most skittish is Poppy. When buying your turkeys, make sure that you buy them from a reputable owner/breeder! A Royal Palm will not make a great meal for the table and is mostly a pretty lawn ornament. As I have said, they are friendly and easy to train. Only draw back is that these guys love to roost. Depending on how good these guys fly, your neighbors may be calling you to come retrieve your birds off of their house and out of their trees. Clipping the primary flight feathers off of their...
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Smaller breed


Pros: Beautiful, Great forager, Could make a decent pet

Cons: small dressed weight, light weight bird flys well even with clipped wings

I had ten+ of these bird last year (2011). We raise them for meat. I won't do it again. The hens turn out just bit larger than a rooster and the Toms left something to be desired. I also over feed my birds. They had nearly a 1/2 inch of fat covering the breast. Just too much labor for a smaller carcass. However, they ran through the wizbang without bogging it down. Personality wise - if left alone the Toms get a little snotty. They constantly challanged and chased my Border Collie while strutting for mates with the other Toms.  I had the neighbors get tired of a pair and gave them to me. He said it lived on his back deck and would look in the house all day and strut for his 2...
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