Best type of turkey for ornamental/pet purposes?

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

  1. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    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

  2. r4eboxer

    r4eboxer Crooked Creek Poultry

    Sep 20, 2011
    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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