Best type of turkey for ornamental/pet purposes?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by lovesgliders, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have quite the barnyard going on here, with ducks, geese, chickens, and guineas. I am really wanting to try my hand at raising a few turkeys this spring! The problem is that I don't know which breed(s) to go with. I am wanting something that is calm and friendly, but I have heard that the commercial meat breeds grow so much that they can actually fall and break their own sternums (or develop leg problems) and are unsuitable for pets. I want my turkeys to live a good, long time.

    Flying, maternal instincts, noise, color... none of that really matters. We have no neighbors.

    I got Lakenvelder chickens and was extremely disappointed with how flighty and spazzy they are. I don't need a lap turkey but I don't want an 18 lb version turkey-point-oh of my Lakenvelders. LOL

    TIA!
     
  2. r4eboxer

    r4eboxer Crooked Creek Poultry

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    The pretty boy of the Turkey world is the Royal Palm, they are a small breed that is used primarily as eye candy but do make a decent small meat bird. If you are looking for friendliness the Narragansett is a friendly bird. It is a larger bird that is used a lot for meat. I have both breeds. I have one Narragansett hen that is very friendly and curious, thought the other hen I have of that breed is not really friendly at all. [​IMG]
     

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