Narragansett

Average User Rating:
4.83333/5,
  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Standard & Silver
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.
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  • Breed Details:
    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.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. dgibson0604
    5/5,
    "Great Birds"
    Pros - Friendly, Docile, Great Looking
    Cons - none
    i have a tom who just follows me around like a puppy and he is the nicest turkey ever.
    Overall:
    5
  2. Chicken Egg 17
    5/5,
    "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
    Overall:
    5
    Purchase Date:
    2016-03-19
  3. CochinLover1
    5/5,
    "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.
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. hellbender
    I have never really appreciated domesticated turkeys of any breed but the wild ones, for the most part have my respect. Errant behavior will spell doom for the wild cousins but will only draw mild rebuke from a nurse maid hen.

    Good luck to all who keep and enjoy the Narragansetts breed. By no means the worst of the lot.

    Jason
  2. Adorkable
    I have a pair of 3.5 month old Standard Bronze Turkeys and so far they get along great with the chickens. My chickens free range every day from sun up to sun down and we let the turkeys out with them a few times a week in the afternoon.
  3. wsmith
    We got our from Cackle, as part of a larger chick order.
  4. wsmith
    I don't, unfortunately. We only got ours this spring with a plan to eat them in the fall, but that may be changing, we really like them! I have a Jake and a Jenny.
  5. Auntie
    I have 2 Narragansett toms & am looking for 2 hens to mate up with my lonely gents in Colorado. These birds are awesome with the greatest disposition. If you know where I can get 2 hens without purchasing 15 from a hatchery, I'd be very grateful.
  6. mississippimudd
    now i never thought of having a turkey ....will they get along with chickens or do you need to keep them separate?
  7. Maggizzle35
    Wow what a great Turkey to have gotten. I have a male and female of the white broad breasted and bronze broad breasted. They never miss a meal. The hens will set on eggs if they have them. This will be the first year that I have full grown hens and Toms so we will see what happens. They get kind of aggressive when it comes to the food bowls. If a chicken sticks its head in there the turkey will grab it by the back of the head. I've seen them shake my chickens before but luckily got them away from the turkey before any damage was done. I think that's how I lost my big Lt. Braham last year.
  8. NYREDS
    I've raised Narragansetts for a few years. I hatch a few every year to keep mthe flock going & to put in the freezer. Because they mature more slowly than the commercial breeds they produce a much more flavorful table bird, very much like wild Turkeys.
    I've never had a hen set although I know they will. I prefer to use an incubator so the hatch occurs on my schedule not the bird's.
    I rarely ever lose a poult & have never known them to "forget" to eat or drink. If you're suffering high losses there may be some other cause.
    BTW-there's only one breed of Turkey, the Turkey. There are a number of varieties of Turkey.
  9. debbyvenus
    I am happy to see your post. I am going to get 6 poults next month, not sure which breed yet. I have been looking at the Royal Palms since they are so beautiful. I don't need a really large turkey and hope to end up with a pair that will have young.

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