Best pet Turkey breeds

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Gemjar82, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. Gemjar82

    Gemjar82 Hatching

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    Hi there

    We have lost 2 female Kelly bronze turkeys and, as we are new to keeping them, would like to get our Tom a couple of new hens, but would like to stay away from breeds that are really meant for the table. The 2 hens we had ended up with a lot of leg problems from size/genetics.

    What would be the best breeds to have as pets?
     
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Hi there, welcome to BYC! :frow

    Adding your general location to your profile might help peeps make the best suggestion possible at a glance. ;)

    Never heard of Kelly bronze until now.. looks like you might be in the UK? Over here in the US I have decided to go with Bourbon Red. But turkeys are going to be a new adventure.

    I would suggest that you go with a heritage breed. Not sure if any of the breeds I know of will be available to you.

    The following link is a hatchery that sells several of them... but they have good descriptions regarding size, foraging ability, and personality traits if you click on the variety and read about them...
    https://www.meyerhatchery.com/productlist.a5w?cat=1024

    Good luck! :fl
     
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  3. Gemjar82

    Gemjar82 Hatching

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    Thank you, yes I'm in the UK, I'll update my profile Haha!
     
  4. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    Any of the heritage varieties of the breed Turkey will be fine.

    You can find out about many of the heritage varieties at Porter's Rare Heritage Turkeys. Unfortunately you will need to find a UK source for whichever variety you choose.
     
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  5. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

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    I’m a sucker for bourbon red turkey, but I live in Kentucky, so I’m a bit biased. Midget White might also be a good option since they are smaller.
     
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