Royal Palm

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  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Standard Black, Blue, Brown, Red & Slate
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    The Royal Palm was recognized in 1971 by the American Poultry Association. Enoch Carson is largely credited with the first Royal Palms in the 1920s coming from a mixed flock of Narragansett, Black, Bronze and Wild turkeys. The Palm is similar to the Collwitz, Black-laced White or Pied turkey that has been in Europe since the 1700s. The Royal Palm turkey is listed as critical on the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's watchlist.
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  • Breed Details:
    Royal Palms are normally not used for meat production with young toms averaging 16 lbs and hens 10 lbs. It is usually kept for small household meat production and for exhibition due to it's striking appearance. Many breeders of the Royal Palm refer to the birds as "eye candy". Only the black and white pattern has been recognized but other Royal Palm patterns have been produced, replacing the black with blue, slate, red or brown. Palms are generally white with metallic black edging on the feathers. The tail is mostly white with a band of black almost to the end of the tail with white tips. The saddle is black, coverts and wings are white with a narrow black band. The breast feathers are white with black tips. The Palms have a red to bluish-white throat, wattles & head, a black beard, light brown eyes and a light horn beak. Royal Palms are good fliers, forage well but can be flighty. The toms are generally non-aggressive and the hens are usually good mothers.







Recent User Reviews

  1. 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, wondering where everyone had gone! I have had turkeys before, but had never had a single problem with cannibalism. However, this has boosted my enthusiasm for Turkey Season.
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  2. surprisebaby03
    "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!
  3. Indyshent
    "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 broad-breasted birds, he seems almost more like a flamingo than a turkey to me [​IMG]He has such delicate features--especially his long, skinny legs and toes! He's like a pianist trying to mack on body-building drummer babes. We have roosters who are bigger than this tom. Reportedly, Royal Palm's clean like giant old flat-chested hens, so it's a good thing we didn't buy him for his ample muscles.

    Hopefully, he'll be able to get his manly duties done with our three pet broad-breasted hens because they're antics trying to make baby turkeys are pretty noisy, pathetic and sadly funny all at the same time. He's largely ignored their attempts to get his attention, but as he feels better, he does seem to be taking more of an interest in them (but now they don't know what to make of him). We're hoping that a crossbreed will have merit as a table bird, lawn ornament and pet while having a slower muscle growth and (typically) better health of the Royal Palm.

    His personality does seem to be coming around as rather friendly, but he wasn't handled since he was a chick at his previous home, and likely distrusts us given our insistence at shoving needles into his chest and sinuses. Thankfully, table scraps, bread and pancakes, along with liberally loving on the other birds and speaking in soothing tones around him seem to be helping a great deal, and he now gets within a few inches of my outstretched hands. Within a few weeks, he might even take treats from my hands, which is pretty quick progress considering the circumstances.

    ***Royal Palms--even ones in poor health--can beat you pretty badly with those wimpy looking feet and wings***

    ***They can also FLY***

    *Just something to keep in mind*
    We've found that, while he does sometimes fly over the fence, he won't be gone long (if he can help it) because the other turkeys can't fly, and he can't bare to be alone.
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  1. Symphony
    I love em!
  2. bayvistafarm
    And I want some! Found a hatchery not too far from here!! 3 hours away. They have many different kinds of turkeys on offer!! I agree, turkeys are personable!!
  3. chickmonk18
    Gosh, so good to read this. I just was put on a list for some. What breed of Turkey is best for meat??
  4. Steena
    i might be interested in getting a turkey or two..
    They are beautiful and I would love to enjoy them on the property.
    Let's keep in touch. Regards, Steena
  5. billrey
    Steena... that would be great!
  6. Steena
    We have been worried about our girls and put a 'red light 100W' in the pen, but not in the coop.
    The girls don't seem to want to go into the coop, for some reason. Maybe they don't have a routine. Anyway they roost in the pen on a long bamboo pole about four and a half feet above the strawed ground. My husband put the light a tad above the ground, but not under the pole.
    Anyway, it was -15 here in Rochester New York and they didn't seem stiffened by the cold.
    We gave them extra scratch filled with oil seeds and other good seeds, protein and lots of fresh vegetables. Oatmeal in the mornings or mashed potatoes from the night before with cornmeal interlaced.
    It's thawing here today and the rain has made lots of puddles around, but the cold will be moving in soon and all will be ice.
    Let me know how everyone's stock is braving the cold.
    Thank you for any tips on keeping a little fat on these girls.
  7. billrey
    Steena, I updated my review earlier today! My turkeys roost outside even with -30° weather! Today, 20's above the jakes are strutting! -Bill
  8. winteree
    soo cute but not in my neighborhood. i could see some dog jumping the fence and killing him :'(
  9. PalmRoyal
    Unfortunately, that is one of the problems with very tame turkeys. All of the hens, we have to clip their wings to keep them from flying onto houses and into neighbor's yards. So that makes them especially vulnerable to predators. So when we are not home, we lock them up in their enclosure. However, if anyone is ever looking for a pet, I always suggest buying a Royal Palm that was socialized. And, in my opinion, the toms make better pets than the hens, so there is always a market for both genders.
  10. Theofire88
    Very helpful, looking for a meat bird. Our breeder has Royal Palms, Bourbon Red's and Chocolates. Haven't looked into the chocolates yet. Bourbons looking the best. Your opinion's? Thank you for an honest summary, so many people are trying to make them out as meat birds.

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