The Ridley turkey originated in Saskatchewan in the mid-1800's. The breed was once very popular in it's homeland until it was seemingly replaced by Broad-breasted varieties, and the breed fell out of favour. They was extirpated in Saskatchewan, but was fortunately saved from total extinction in Ontario.
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- Large Fowl
It has been speculated that this breed derived from the Rio Grande turkey.
There are now less then 100 hundred adults, according to Rare Breeds Canada. They are currently more common in Ontario than in Saskatchewan, were they have recently been imported, and are once again raised in their homeland. The eggs respond very poorly to artificial incubation, so it is best to separate Toms from their hens after breeding and let the hens brood to achieve best hatching results. -I do not know the average weight of these birds, but I do know that they are slightly larger than Eastern Wilds. -The breed has a fairly calm temperament. -It is raised primarily for meat. -It is one of the hardiest breeds in the world (completely matches north-eastern wild turkeys) -It is not difficult to raise. -This breed has marvelous foraging capabilities. -It is a noisy breed. -The Breeding season lasts about 1.2 months.
Recent User Reviews
Pros - Lovely as pets
Cons - Can get nasty during breeding season
I guess that is normal for most farm animals to be moody during breeding and nesting season, I have had 4 turkeys (standard bronze) and they are only pets, I only have 1 now and she is great but I have had to put her in her place a couple of times when she thinks she is the boss.