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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Mother of All, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. Mother of All

    Mother of All Songster

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    what is a heritage bird. I had three different breeds this year. one was a bourbon red. and one was a white bird but don't know the breed of that one and I have a brown one. but I don't know the heritage breeds please enlighten me.
     

  2. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

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    I found this link that explains it pretty well (but it is in general terms, not specifically about turkeys):

    http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/heritage/

    Basically, IMO, pretty much any breed EXCEPT the Broad-Breasted White and Broad-Breasted Bronze that are the standard in mass production would qualify as an "heritage breed."

    More precisely in turkeys, I think people use the term to refer to the breeds other than broad-breasted which are actually capable of living and reproducing naturally. The broad-breasted breeds are genetic monstrosities that have serious health issues after they reach a certain age and size due to their having been bred for production of massive amounts of muscle tissue.
     

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