Let’s start this post off with a back story…
We moved into our house in mid November of 2012. We were out working in the yard one day shortly after. When a large (hulk style minus the green flesh) but friendly man stopped by to talk to us. It ends up he is one of our neighbors. In friendly fashion he invited us to a Thanksgiving Eve party, called the “Turkey Butcher Party”. Of course we are game! What better way to meet your neighbors??? Literally there isn’t a better way! We went thinking a couple turkeys would be butchered, people would eat, drink and be merry. However what we witnessed was a collaboration of neighbors that create a butchering assembly line to get about 20-30 turkeys butchered in one night. They also eat, drink and be merry as they do it. It was the best party we have ever been too and now we are hooked. In 2013 we decided we were all in. Nothing says “bump on a log” like going to a turkey butcher party with out a turkey to butcher. So, I ordered a turkey. However “Wishbone” our first BBB was handicapped by a leg that never straightened out. For humane reasons we had to butcher him early. We ate him for Christmas but he was only the size of a laying hen.
This is 2014 and we are ready to grow a full sized turkey! June 30th our Turkeys arrived. We wanted to go with Red Bourbons but ended up going with Broad Breasted Bronze due to availability. We went with the bronze over the white because our white birds don’t seem to fair as well out here in the desert. We bought two…well, just in-case. I named them Garland and Sumner after two Brigadier Generals who lived during the Civil War. Out with the cutesy names! These are serious turkeys that have some serious growing to do!
Upfront, these turkeys are for eating. Yes they have names, yes I will get attached, yes we will lovingly take care of them and yes we will eat them. Circle of life…
Many people worry about keeping turkeys and chickens together due to a disease that chickens can carry called Black Head. I am personally not to worried about it. Many people way back when kept turkeys with chickens and had no problem…now a days people keep the two species together with no problem. I know there is a risk and I am OK with that. We got 3 chicks at the same time that way integration into the chicken run will go more smoothly. They will have their own little flock of five to depend on. They will be put into the grow out pen once the teenagers are big enough to go with the girls.
- Alliteration (:
- They were created by crossing a Domestic European Turkey with a Wild Turkey
- They were the most popular breed of turkey until replaced by the Broad Breasted White.
- It is divided into two types Broad Breasted and Standard
- The broad breasted version is unable to successfully mate due to the size of the breast, and the shortness of it’s legs.
- For the breed to carry on they have to be artificially inseminated.
- The Standard Bronze has been added to the list of heritage foods that are in danger of extinction and the broad breasted also need to be conserved.
- Standard weight for Toms is 25 lbs and for Hens is 16 lbs
Here is their first photo-shoot. They both fit in my hand at this age, they also have a hard time keeping awake for pictures…
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