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My wife wants to start a self sustaining flock and I would prefer something for meat only if we get any.  Hence, she is wanting heritage and me probably a "one and done" broad breasted variety.  Any help would be appreciated and I have a few specific questions.


What breed do you prefer? and which hatchery do you prefer?
How long to grow out to a

post #2 of 19

I don't know anything about Turks. but what about the Bronze?

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post #3 of 19

Are the broad breasted birds capable of breeding naturally?

post #4 of 19

If you want a self-sustaining flock, you will need a heritage turkey. Broad-breasted can't breed normally.

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Originally Posted by natrgatr 

If you want a self-sustaining flock, you will need a heritage turkey. Broad-breasted can't breed normally.


This is right. The broad breasted birds are not self breeders so if you plan to have a self sustaining flock I highly suggest heritage bronze or royal palms. If you want something a bit more pleasing to the eye then go with Sweetgrass or narragansett turkeys wink  All are quite nice and produce good meat birds.

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post #6 of 19

Plus, you can't get just one, it will be lonely and bond to you and then you won't be able to eat it. Get at least three.

post #7 of 19

well, for heaven sake, if the wife wants turkeys, get her turkeys! big_smile

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post #8 of 19

I also would say suggest you buy some poults from a local grower and not a hatchery. You will eliminat alot of stress on the birds and cut down on potential problems that way.

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post #9 of 19

Is it just the broad breasted breeds that cannot breed naturally?

post #10 of 19

I have three breeds and have several mutts I just hatched.  If you think chickens were addictive........watch out.  Turkeys are in my opinion a lot more interesting than chickens.  I have both, and love both, but the turkeys are just fabulous.  As far as breeds, my favorite thus far is the narragansette.  I have bronze and bourbon reds as well.  Im wanting some sweetgrass and some tiger bronzes.  Good luck.

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