Are Bourbon reds better breeders the. White turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by JonathanL23, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. JonathanL23

    JonathanL23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they more successful at mating and better at to hurting there mate/ scratching them.
     
  2. Dry Creek Ranch

    Dry Creek Ranch Out Of The Brooder

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    If by White Turkey you mean the double breasted commercial whites then yes Bourbons would be a better choice for natural mating. Commercial whites can not mate naturally. They are to heavy and have to be artificially inseminated. Same with the double breasted bronze turkeys.
     
  3. JonathanL23

    JonathanL23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't really tell the difference in white turkeys I know there's about 3 different breeds of white turkeys. Can a bourban red mate a white hen without issue. I plan on getting a Red tom to be the king for my barn.
     
  4. Dry Creek Ranch

    Dry Creek Ranch Out Of The Brooder

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    If the tom is bourbon red then you should be fine.
     
  5. JonathanL23

    JonathanL23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool. Thanks for the replies. Most toms get to 25lbs and hens 13lbs bout same as white turkeys. Are reds just smarter.
     

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