Each individual case is different but Broad Breasted turkeys were bred naturally before artificial insemination became popular. AI is used in the BB turkey industry because of convenience and improved egg fertility along with fewer injuries to hens. Prior to AI, the recommendation was to use yearling toms and yearling hens for the natural breeding. Some people are still breeding BBs naturally.I know that a broad breast Tom cannot breed because his chest is too large. Was wondering if a heritage Tom could breed with a broad breast hen. Anyone tried this?
When I was raising BBs, they always had access to the food but also spent most of the day free ranging. I can see where keeping the toms on a diet could be beneficial. The most important part is sticking to the youngsters for the breeding.2nd hand, the local "deity of poultry", (this guy keeps and sells hundreds of birds, of all types), said, "If you are going to try to breed BBB, keep them away from the feeder." He says they get to lazy to do the deed. Probably didn't help, but maybe....lol