Royal Palms

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by bigredfeather, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am considering getting some turkey eggs to hatch. Are Royal Palms a good choice for someone who only wants to raise a few a year at Thanksgiving time? I have a large area of woods fenced off for them to free range in.

    Thanks.
     
  2. bee_wrangler

    bee_wrangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a big family to feed you may want to get another kind, but its perfect for a smaller family
     
  3. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    royal palms tend to be scrawny and small without much meat on them.
     
  4. chocolate m'scovy

    chocolate m'scovy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Narragansetts and Bourbon Reds are bigger than Royal Palms, and they're still heritage. If you want personality, the toms, especially Narragansetts, are quite swashbuckly and those Bourbon Red girls will chase dogs (and you when you're not watching, but they are only looking to you for food). Our Jack Russell Terrier has great fun teasing the Bourbon girls. Bourbons are excellent foragers. They will eat (or try to eat) anything.
     
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  5. Oklahoma Lightning

    Oklahoma Lightning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a commercial turkey operation. It is very small, I raised 60 plus last year. 200 this year if the hatch is good.
    I have 20 RP left because they just didn't grow out good. Weight to feed is very low. They are more a yard decoration then a eating bird. Try a Bourbon,Slate or a White Holland for eating.
    I plan to keep the RP and sell eggs this season. So, I can recoup my money.
     

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