Breeding Broad-Breasted Bronze

waiakoafarms

Hatching
9 Years
Mar 1, 2010
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Most of what I read says they will not breed naturally. Has anyone had success, should I keep the tom lighter? Will the hens go broody? Or do I just need to crossbreed?

thanks,
Marc.
 

Frosty

Crowing
12 Years
13 Years
Mar 30, 2008
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They are like the BB Whites... too big to do the deed. You can crossbreed (heritage tom w/BB hen), but I would collect the eggs and either put them under another bird or incubate them. Otherwise she might crush the eggs. I have a BBB hen this year that I will be attempting to cross with a White Holland. Should be interesting... if my birds ever start laying
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pdpatch

Songster
11 Years
Apr 5, 2008
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Hastings, Nebraska
Most BB turkeys breast get in the way so they can't mount the females correctly, Also because of the male size they can seriously hurt the hens. So Natural breading is not usually done. They can but the fertility rate is so low its best not to, so artificial insemination is usually always used. Although we never let a BB hen go broody, the hens are larger then a heritage hen so then may damage the eggs or hurt young poults.

Tom
 

turkey guru

Songster
10 Years
Nov 3, 2009
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I used a eastern wild jake to breed 6 broad breasted bronze hens, they off =spring was larger than my heritage and smaller than the broad breasted hens! but tasted much better!!!! tom!!!!!
 

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