bourbon red turkey

bourbon red turkey


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Bourbon Red Turkey For Sale

Bourbon Red Turkey are a very dark, rich, chestnut color edged in black on many of the feathers. Their wing tips and the back one half of the tail are white giving it a very striking appearance — many say this Heritage breed turkey is one of the most beautiful turkey varieties. Bourbon Red turkeys will not grow as large, or as fast, as the Standard Bronze Turkeys or White Holland Turkeys. They are a wonderful addition to any homestead or farm.

The babies are reddish, looking like a washed-out redhead or a dirty brown color.

Breed Facts

  • Poultry Show Class: Turkeys
  • Weights: Hen—–14 lbs
    Tom—-23 lbs
  • Purpose and Type: Egg Laying and Meat; Exhibition
  • Egg Color: Off White with brown specks
  • Egg Production: Poor
  • Egg Size: Large to Extra Large
  • Temperament: Active
  • Fertility Percentage: 60-75%
  • Broody: Setters
  • Mating Ratio:  7 Females to 1 Male
  • Roost Height: 2+ feet
  • Country of Origin: North America
  • APA: Yes, Recognized by the Standard of Perfection in 1909

The red bourbon turkeys was developed in Kentucky, United States in the late 1800’s in Bourbon County, its namesake. This breed was developed by J. F. Barbee who crossbred a Buff, Bronze and White Holland to produce the auburn colored plumage mixed with white wing and tail feathers. The Bourbon turkey was recognized by the APA in 1909. It became popular for the large carcass it produced and the rich flavor of the meat. It boasted the size of a Mammoth Bronze turkey.

It was a popular commercial turkey between the 1930’s and 40’s. Its popularity reduced after the broad breasted varieties were developed. Recently they have made a comeback for research in their fitness and survivability as well as the meat flavors. The Bourbon has light gray colored beak, red to blueish wattles, black beard, and pink legs and toes. The body has not been standardized for meat production since the 1900’s. The tom should weigh 23 lbs while the hen should weigh 14 lbs. The Bourbon turkey is active and is great for ornamental uses as well as breeding.

bourbon red turkey
bourbon red turkey

turkey bourbon red is recovering from a decrease in population due to it lack of popularity. It is considered a handsome fowl and great for backyard keeping. They lay potted cream and brown eggs. The eggs are considered large.

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