Buff heritage

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by KWAK, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
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    I may be getting a breeder pair of these turkeys this fall, what do I need to know about them?
     
  2. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    Where are you getting them from? Are the Buff or Jersey Buff? This is a heritage type breed and will not grow as fast as the BB types. I had a Jersey Buff tom a couple of years ago and just loved him. I didn't have any hens for him so he went to the freezer :(
     
  3. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mean no offense and hope none is taken, but I would like to step in here, if you don't mind? BB turkeys are not good for breeders. They are Hybrids for fast growth and a lot of meat, short lived and need AI ! Jersey Buffs are are rare and on the endangered list: http://albc-usa.org/cpl/wtchlist.html#turkeys You could have tried to put your JOB tom over a BB hen, if you kept the hen on a restricted diet to avoid leg and heart problems and if she lived to reach sexual maturity at 8 or 9 months, she would have laid fertile, Buff crosses, that would have kept you in turkey meat for your freezer, indefinitely! Just a thought.
    KWAK, I hope you post pictures, when you get them. Buffs were used to develop the Bourbon Red Turkeys, that are well known and very similar looking!
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2013
  4. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    Where exactly did you see the need to offer this information? The poster asked about Buffs. I gave them a short, sweet answer. I never said anything about breeding BBs, as that would be kind of stupid. Not everyone on here is a newb.
     
  5. zekii

    zekii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We hatched out some Jersey Buffs this year, they are about 10 weeks old now, I'll post some picuturs shortly.
     

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