Wild Eastern

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  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Wild Eastern hens have (brownish/copper tipped chest and flank and tail feathers)
    The Wild Eastern Males have black tipped chest feathers and brownish/copper tipped tail and flank feathers.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris)
    This was the turkey species first encountered in the wild by the Puritans. Range covers the entire eastern half of the United States; extending also into Southeastern Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces in Canada. They number from 5.1 to 5.3 million birds. They were first named forest turkey in 1817, and can grow up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. The upper tail coverts are tipped with chestnut brown. The Eastern Wild Turkey is heavily hunted in the Eastern USA and is the most hunted Wild Turkey subspecies.

    The idea that Benjamin Franklin preferred the Turkey as the national bird of the United States comes from a letter he wrote to his daughter, Sarah Bache on January 26, 1784 criticizing the choice of the Bald Eagle as the national bird and suggesting that a Turkey would have made a better alternative.
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  • Breed Details:
    They make wonderful pets and make great table fair as well.






    Jake and Jenny's

Recent User Reviews

  1. RingedTeal
    "Wild Turkeys"
    Pros - Help cal in the others for eating
    Cons - Flightyq
    Went back and edited the names.Anyways these birds are great we raised two and they were awesome.
  2. Bettacreek
    "Great pets?"
    Pros - Easy to sell, beautiful plumage
    Cons - Permits, flighty
    I bought some awhile back and HATED them immediately. They were nasty little buggers. Just trying to catch one for wing clipping, I was whacked upside the head (don't underestimate how much that can hurt!) and my face was scratched, right across my eye. Then, they escaped and took off. There was another breed of turkey raised along with them, which was fine, friendly and personable, so it wasn't that these were raised incorrectly. I will NEVER get these again and they almost turned my boyfriend off from letting me get any other turkeys!
  3. Bobaroni
    I hate it when one of these articles doesn't even make proper Identifications. On the pics be low you will see a Tom or Gobbler referred to as a rooster, you will see a poult referred to as a chick. The hen is correct and adolescents are Jakes and Jenny's.

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