Heritage Turkeys

Heritage turkeys
Heritage turkeys

We raise a variety of heritage turkeys at our farm, including Black Spanish, Narragansett, and Red Slate to name a few. They are certainly some of our favorite birds here, and we wholeheartedly believe that every farm should have some.

We have decided not to breed our turkeys for the time being. We may change our plans in the future, but we do not plan to offer hatching eggs or poults this Spring.  

Interested in turkey genetics? Click here to visit the turkey genetic calculator
Heritage Turkey

The American Poultry Association lists 8 varieties of turkeys that are accepted into the standard of perfection, including: Black, Bronze, Narragansett, White Holland, Slate, Bourbon Red, Beltsville Small White, and Royal Palm.

According to the Livestock Conservancy, heritage turkeys can be charactertized by the following criteria:

  1. Heritage turkeys must be able to naturally mate.
  2. Heritage turkeys must also live a long, productive lifespan.
  3. And finally, heritage turkeys must have a slow to moderate rate of growth.

Visit the livestock conservancy's website here for more information about heritage turkeys

" For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had  not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad  moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen  him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish  for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that  diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest  for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him  and takes it from him. With all this injustice, he is never in good case but like those  among men who live by sharping & robbing he is generally poor and  often very lousy. Besides he is a rank coward: The little King Bird not  bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the  district. 

He is therefore by no means a proper emblem for the brave and  honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our  country… “I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a  Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey.  For the Truth the Turkey is  in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original  Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a  Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the  British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red  Coat on.”  

 -Benjamin Franklin