Whats the breed for me?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by BarredBuff, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2009
    I want:
    A Heritage Variety
    A Frequent Broody
    A Nice Flavorful carcass
    An Excellent Forager
    And Pretty Disease resistant

  2. Tunastopper

    Tunastopper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2010
    All of the heritage turkeys would fit what your looking for. All heritage turkeys would sit on rocks if they thought they could hatch them. Some of them have a nicer plucked look and still have size to them. Light colors look the best if you leave the skin on. I don't like dry turkey so I do leave the skin on. The problem is people are not breeding for enough meat on the breast of some of the breeds. They are not even close to what the standards ask for. I don't think I have seen a taste test comparing the taste of different colors of heritage turkeys. All the taste test compare store bought turkeys. I have not noticed a taste difference between heritage breeds. Most people say BR since thats what has been in most taste test. They also have lots of meat. Why not get them all and try them for yourself. I noticed Porters is having a END OF SEASON SPECIAL" 15% OFF BREEDER'S CHOICE POULT ORDERS. Thats a pretty good deal.
  3. KOTurkeyRanch

    KOTurkeyRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2009
    Western PA
    Bourban Red, Narri, Blue Slate, Black Spanish, or Standard Bronze. Royal Palms fit everything there but they dont have much breast meat.
  4. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    The white heritage birds seem to be much smaller than the other ones. Good Beltsville whites would have more meat per pound if you can find them, but they are still small overall. However, if your viewing pleasure is more important than meat, Royal Palms are WOW LOOK AT THAT striking. I'm partial to the Narrangansett for a more natural looking bird. If you can order from Porter's, my absolute favorites are Golden Phoenix and Red Phoenix. I love the black-winged look with a touch of red.
  5. turkaholic

    turkaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2010
    I agree with Lagerdogger, Narr's have everything your looking for. They are great setters and make very good moms. They are attractive and mine have always been very people friendly.
  6. BigRednRock

    BigRednRock Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2010
    Quote:i have a royal palm hen and she's beautiful.
  7. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009

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