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What breed of turkey should i get?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by NJ Ranch, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. NJ Ranch

    NJ Ranch New Egg

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    I am wanting to try some turkeys. i have raised meat turkeys one year but thats it. Just wanting them for pets to roam the yard and possibly show at our county fair. My friends has royal palms and she showed them this year at our fair. i liked them however I want something different incase i want to show turkeys.

    Thanks,
    Nathan
     
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Hi, Most Colored Turkeys do very well and are easy to keep/feed. Just pick the type that you love best. I have Royal Palm, Bourbon reds & Blue Slate. - Love um all [​IMG]
     
  3. toyburd

    toyburd New Egg

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    I'm raising Narragansetts. They are beautiful birds, great at breeding and good parents. I've heard many say they are the best turkey they ever tasted. We love eating the eggs, too. The tail feathers are goreous with multi colored bands and white fringe. Lovely irredescent feathers and some are black with irredescent colors. Very striking.

    Our Narr. toms have all been gentle with us and kind to the hens.
    I would recommend them. I have never raised any other kind. Have successfully raised Narrs. for three years now. Have had good luck selling eggs, poults and trio adults.

    I have never showed any birds...

    Good luck.[​IMG]
     
  4. Poupoulles

    Poupoulles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered a mix from the hatchery and based on my experience I think I will raise standard bronzes. There are three Narrigansets in my posse and they are beautiful. If I was going to have turkeys ust to "hang out" I would have Narri's or Blue Slates...
     
  5. rnoyster

    rnoyster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 standard bronze and they are huge and like puppies! But my other turkey is a cross or nargasett and a white of some breed. He is beautiful and he makes the bronze look little!
     
  6. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    We raise 6 different breeds of turkeys here is some pictures:
    Standard Bronze
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    White Holland
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    Royal Palm
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    Midget White
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    Bourbon Red
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    Beltsville Small White
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    Each one has its own traits. What are you wanting to raise them for?

    Sharon
     
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2009
  7. NJ Ranch

    NJ Ranch New Egg

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    Sharon,
    Thanks for the pictures. i am wanting the turkeys for pets basically however i might show them at our county fair. I raised meat turkeys for 4-H one year and i really liked them but i would like a more eye catching.
    Thanks,
    Nathan
     
  8. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, you have to check out the website for porters turkeys!!

    www.porterturkeys.com

    You wont believe all the varieties that are out there!! We got some Blue Palms, to go with our royal palm and slates, they are so pretty! Next year I want to get some of the penciled palms!

    I had no idea there were so many breeds! I only knew about the ones from the hatcheries! Check them out, you will be amazed!

    Good Luck
    A~
     
  9. Bantam Bodon

    Bantam Bodon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was in the same boat as you last week. Since then i got 3 different turkeys, a black spanish, a royal palm and a blue slate. I couldnt pick just one type, so i got a few!
     
  10. chickenpiedpiper

    chickenpiedpiper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why does this thread have a dot next to it in the index listing, and not show up in my profile area under list of topics? I noticed this happening once before on another thread I was watching. Its like the thread is marked to die, but they dont actually lock it, just make it invisible!!

    Why?
     

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