Bantam Turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ddroland, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. ddroland

    ddroland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone recommend a breed of Bantam Turkey? I have standard Bronze now and I love having them around the farm, but the Tom has gotten so big he has a hard time walking, plus they eat and poop A LOT. I know I should put him in a the oven, but I'm not sure he would fit! I would love to keep having some Turkeys, but would like them to stay smaller. Would love to see some pics if any has any.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Sounds like you don't have a standard bronze but a broad breasted bronze that is born to be butchered at 4-6 months old. Turkeys do eat a bunch but there are smaller breeds like royal palms, beltsville small white and midget whites.
     
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  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    There is no bantam turkey. The two smallest varieties are the Midget White and Beltsville Small White. Mature toms around 20 pounds and hens 10 to 12.

    Steve
     
  4. SED

    SED Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My thoughts exactly. Like Steve said, I would go with the Midget Whites or even a Royal Palm.
     
  5. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It would be neat to have a bantam Red Bourbon strutting around the yard [​IMG]
     
  6. ddroland

    ddroland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It would be neat to have a bantam Red Bourbon strutting around the yard [​IMG]

    Sure would! Thanks all for the input, surprises me that they only come in white.
     
  7. cjbuchholz

    cjbuchholz Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure how it happened, but I have a Narragansett which is about 1/5 the size of it's hatch mates. Guess it would be a bantam turkey? Anyone else ever see this?
     
  8. Qwatra

    Qwatra Out Of The Brooder

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    I hope you still have this turkey! Please keep it and breed it! You might be on to something!!!
     
  9. rainbowrooster

    rainbowrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like an interesting project.
     

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