This breed of turkey was derived from European strains and the American Wild Turkey around Narragansett, Rhode Island in the 19th century with earlier bloodlines as far back as the 1600's. They make an excellent backyard and farm turkey as they are very good with insect population control, exhibit excellent temperament, don't wander far from home, and provide excellent quality meat.
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This breed of turkey was derived from European strains and the American Wild Turkey around Narragansett, Rhode Island in the 19th century with earlier bloodlines as far back as the 1600's. The Narragansett color pattern contains black, gray, tan, and white. Its pattern is similar to that of the Bronze, with steel gray or dull black replacing the coppery bronze.  If you are looking for a domestic turkey that looks like the Eastern Wild, then this is the turkey for you!!  They make an excellent backyard and farm turkey as they are very good with insect population control, exhibit excellent temperament, don't wander far from home, and provide excellent quality meat.

The Narragansett Turkey almost went extinct with some reports of the breed dropping to as few as just 6 breeding pair.  Work by members of the Livestock Conservancy like us have moved this breed out of the immediately "critical" and "threatened" status and onto the "watched" list due to renewed interest in the biological fitness, survivability, and superior flavor of the breed.
The Bourbon Red turkey is named for Bourbon County in Kentucky's Bluegrass region where it originated in the late 1800's. The breed was recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1909, and was ambitiously selected and promoted for utility traits, including a production-type conformation with a heavy breast and richly flavored meat.  The Bourbon Red is an attractive bird for either exhibition or just for the backyard. They have brownish to dark red plumage with white flight and tail feathers. They present an attractive carcass when dressed, since the light pinfeathers leave no residue of dark pigment showing the feather follicles as with the Bronze.

Like the Narragansett turkey, the Bourbon Red declined in popularity as it was unable to compete with the genetically modified broad breasted varieties sold in the grocery stores today.  The Livestock Conservancy still lists the Bourbon Red's status as "threatened".  It is a truely beautiful bird, and makes an excellent choice as a multi-purpose bird for the farm.  They are active foragers, and would probably do well in a pasture production system, either as purebreds or when crossed with other breeds.
Heritage Poult Availability
(Click here for our 2017 hatch dates)
We are a registered breeder with the Livestock Conservancy.  During breeding season (April - July), we sell both poults and fertile hatching eggs (see note below).  Our poults are all sold at 1+ week of age as mortaility rates in turkeys can be high during the first week if you do not have the correct equipment. We also have adult Toms (& sometimes hens) available for your choosing for that speccial dinner.  Come choose your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey now, and we'll continue to care for it & have it processed either on our farm or at a USDA facility (additional charge) when you are ready.


Special Note:  Due to the threatened status of the Bourbon Red breed, we are not offering fertile Bourbon Red eggs for sale in 2017 as turkey eggs are much harder to hatch than chicken eggs.  Good hatch rates are typically only obtained with specialized equipment, and our intent this year is to help repopulate the breed's numbers.

Comment:  So if the breeds are threatened, why are you promoting them as food?
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