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Bronze Turkey's - what else are they good for? - pix included

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Stef82, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Stef82

    Stef82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband picked up two adult Bronze turkeys last night. Maybe they are close to 6 months old? I looked up the bronze turkey online and noticed these birds aren't meant to breed due to that they are bred to be meat birds. I gave the sad news to my husband and he wasn't too thrilled hearing this. He LOVES his turkeys, and he was kinda hoping that they might mate. We have other turkeys that we know will mate, but they are only 3 months old. We have three Narragansett Turkeys (not sure on sex yet). So now he thinks maybe if we kull the male for thanksgiving, and breed the Narragansett male to the female bronze. Just I don't think you can really cross breed them? I don't know.
    Besides of being a meat bird and just lawn ornaments, what else are Bronze turkeys good for? I'm kinda dissappointed in learning that they can't breed, but I'm hoping there is something useful for these birds.

    Here's a picture of the birds

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  2. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm confused... WHY can't they be bred??? SOMEONE must be breeding them.... or cloning them.....
     
  3. Stef82

    Stef82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. TV

    TV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They look a little long legged to be BBB and if they are Standard Bronze they will mate and reproduce just fine.
     
  5. Stef82

    Stef82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you mean by long legged? what breed are they then? When we got them last night, the store's note said Bronze. They didn't say what kind of bronze.
     
  6. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bbb thats a layer lol i dont have the heart to cull her lol
     
  7. Stef82

    Stef82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they fertile? If so, then there is hope on them reproducing.
     
  8. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/bronze.html here is a link to the American Livestock Breed Conservancy

    There are two distinct varieties of Bronze Turkey.

    1 )Standard Bronze which CAN reproduce naturally

    2)Broad Breasted Bronze basically FOOD, cannot reproduce naturally because of the size.

    a standard heritage bronze may get to 30-36 lbs a BBB may get to 50+lbs if they survive long enough.

    BBB pare prone to legs breaking due to extreme weight and organ failure, kind of like obese people. BBB may reach butcher weight in as little as 18 weeks where the standard bronze would be about 28 weeks

    Disclamer... I am not an expert, just spitting out what I have read from many sources. We have started our second year with turkeys and have 17 growing up and 2 adults that are 3 years old.

    RobertH
     
  9. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope as i dont have a tom as i processed him lol
     
  10. Stef82

    Stef82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so these birds we have aren't the BBB's. These birds have to be close to 5-6 months old (or older). I'm a little relieved hearing that our turkeys are likely Standerd Bronze. My husband is happy too. So maybe we might get baby bronze turkeys this spring. Honestly these birds are addicting!
     

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