The Narragansett Turkey began as a crossbreed between local wild turkeys in the New England area and domesticated turkeys brought here from Europe. It takes its name from the Rhode Island, Narragansett Bay area. The Narragansette was recognized by the APA in 1874. In the early 1900s it was one of the most popular turkeys being raised but by 1952 due primarily to the development of the Broad Breasted Bronze, it's numbers had decreased dramatically to only a couple thousand being raised.
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Standard & Silver
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
The Narragansett is an active turkey but tends to stick close to home. They have always been praised for their high quality meat, egg production, good size, calm disposition and good mothering instincts. Toms average 30 lbs and hens around 18 lbs. In color, the Narragansett is similar to the historic Bronze Turkey but with the signature bronze being replaced by more of a steel gray. The tail is a lighter tan in color. It has a horn colored beak and a black beard. The head and neck ranges in color from blueish white to red and is mostly featherless. There is a very rare mutation of the Narragansett called the Silver, in which pure white replaced the gray and tan coloring. While never recognized by the APA, the Silver mutation still occasionally appears in normal flocks.
Recent User Reviews
"Beautiful calm birds"
Pros - Lay good pretty sized eggs calm very docile
Cons - None that I can think of
I got her free from my uncle she is very calm gentle good around my animals. Lays really pretty eggs good sized and the tom is very gentle with her and he is pretty calm also he isn't aggressive so it's a great breed
Pros - Great meat, Hardy, Friendly, Grow fast
Cons - None
These turkeys are very good meat birds and are weather resistant. I absolutely love my Narragansetts. They are pretty, and APA approved if you had any interested in doing 4-H. These birds are the leaders of my turkey flock. Also, as young poults they are hardy.