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Black Spanish, Narragansett, or both?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ThebigE, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. ThebigE

    ThebigE In the Brooder

    Dec 8, 2010
    I was kind of thinking about getting turkeys this year, and wondering about the black spanish and naragansett breeds. I really like the way the nargans look as adults but the white and black poults of the blacks is just dashing so now i would like to know about weight, flavor, laying, and size of the birds. Could yah help me out?

  2. arabianequine

    arabianequine Crowing

    Apr 4, 2010
    I had 2 narragansett hens and they did not lay worth a darn so they were butchered along with a tom at 1 1/2. They are slow growing bird if you want to butcher it for meat.

    My tom was 20 pounds after butcher and the hens 10 pounds each about.

    We kept the tom for us and had him smoked. It was good tasting meat for sure.
  3. seabreeze

    seabreeze Songster

    Aug 21, 2010
    Scio, OR
    Our Narangansett hens laid scads of eggs. We have 2 Narangansetts and one Lavender Slate. I will be butchering the Slate hen and one of the older Narangansetts but not until AFTER the new 2 young hens have proven themselves as layers.

    Our Narangansette Tom dressed out to 22 lbs., a respectable and very tasty bird!
  4. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm APA ETL#195

    Jan 25, 2010
    Monticello, Arkansas
    We could not decide either.....so we are getting Jersey Buff, Narragansett and Blacks from Porter's.
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Just get both and then you can decide which you like better and sell the others. I couldn't have just 1 breed because I like all the heritage breeds.
  6. BAMACK2

    BAMACK2 Songster

    May 22, 2010
    Spring Lake NC
    Colby how do you like your chocolate palm do you have any pic of them

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