Guide To Turkey Breeds
Turkeys, whether you’re raising them for meat production or ornamental is great for hobby farmers who are seasoned or just starting out. They may need more attention that chickens but if you decide to go that route you'll find an exciting and profitable addition to your hobby farm. Farm & Fleet has the right turkey addition for your hobby farm.
Blue Slate Turkey
Considered a rare breed of Turkey, past breeding is thought to be derived from the Spanish Black Turkey of the USA and the Norfolk Black in England. The Blue Slate Turkey makes an excellent forager and backyard/farm turkey. They are capable of reproducing naturally and do go broody.
The Bronze Broad Breasted Turkey is considered by some to be the largest and heaviest of the Turkey variety and is an American origination. The Bronze Broad Breasted Turkey is an excellent choice to raise for family meat production and has an excellent feed to meat conversion rate. However, generally, the Bronze Broad Breasted Turkey does not reproduce very well because of their large size. They have a shorter natural lifespan than a heritage turkey because of their size and generally have an abysmal reproduction rate.
Large White Turkey
The White Broad Breasted Turkey is the most common commercial broad breasted eating turkey on the market today. One of the reasons for this is because of their excellent feed to meat conversion ratio. It’s also one of the largest of the commercial broad breasted bread and generally is not able to reproduce very well.