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Note:  All chicks are sold straight run (unsexed).


Bourbon Red Turkeys

Bourbon Red Chicks

 

     The Bourbon Red turkey was developed in Bourbon County, Kentucky in the late 1800's. Bourbon Reds have dark, rich chestnut-red plumage with white in the tail and wing flight feathers. Today, they are a popular heritage turkey breed. Adults can fly.

The Livestock Conservancy status:  Watch.

Temperament:  Has a calm, docile, even temperament. An active forager that does well in pasture production.  Bourbon Reds are very curious and very laid back, making them easy to handle. They breed, set, and brood well.

Culinary:  A Slow Food USA Ark of Taste breed, known for its richly flavored meat.  Ideally, young toms to weigh 23 pounds  and young hens weigh about 14 pounds.

Poults $11 each
Check Price List for older turkeys, occasionally available.


Standard Bronze Turkeys

Standard Bronze Tom

 

     The Standard (or American) Bronze is the heritage breed most closely related to its wild turkey roots.  It is larger than the Bourbon Red.  A blue-green and coppery-bronze colored metallic sheen gives the breed its name.  They breed, set, and brood well.Adults can fly.

The Livestock Conservancy status:  Watch.

Temperament:  Another calm, docile type. Likes to roam, active forager and good for pasture production.  Good layers, very protective mothers, but some individuals may be less broody than the other breeds. Also, some tend to break some eggs in the nest due to their size.

Culinary:  A Slow Food USA Ark of Taste breed. Just as delectible tasting as the better known and slightly smaller Bourbon Red. The ideal standard weight for young toms is 25 pounds and for young hens is 16 pounds, but older toms can be in the 30 pound range and hens around 20 pounds.

Poults $11 each
Check Price List for older turkey, occasionally available.



American Buff Geese



American Buff Gosling

    The American Buff is one of the few domesticated goose breeds developed in the United States. The Buff, a medium size breed, gets its name from its basic apricot-fawn color and was recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1947. Heavy bodied, does not require wing clipping.

The Livestock Conservancy status:  Watch.

Temperament:  The American Buff is a delightful, calm, docile goose, friendly and very non-aggressive, hissing its displeasure instead of nipping and attacking.  But ganders will be less tolerant during breeding season (starting in late winter) and may become very hissy and protective of their nesting mates. Parent-raised goslings can become trusting of their human keepers over time. The American Buff honk is not as loud and noisy as other breeds. Can make excellent pet geese. Buffs are known for being great, attentive parents of their goslings. 

Culinary:  A Slow Food USA Ark of Taste breed, a medium-large roaster with rich, dark meat.  Mature ganders are around 18 pounds and geese are around 16 pounds.

Goslings $15 each
Check Price List for older geese, occasionally available.


Sebastopol Geese

 

 

Sebastopol Geese

 

Believed to have originated in the Danube (river) region of Europe, the Sebastopol is a pretty, striking-looking white goose with bright orange bill and legs, soft, curly feathers (which lack the central quill that makes feathers stiff), and blue eyes. There are two types, the curly breasted and the smooth breasted. Originally white, other colors have been developed. White Sebastopols can have a few stray gray feathers before adulthood. Small Little Farm offers the white, curly breasted type. The curly feathers provide poor insulation, so they need protection in winter from cold, wet, and wind. Not highly productive, laying only 10-25 eggs per year. Because of the curled flight feathers, Sebastapol geese cannot fly.

The Livestock Conservancy status:  Threatened.

Temperament:  Although they are quick to notice changes in their environment and will comment on them, they are a quiet, low-aggression breed (if raised with plentiful human contact) and are well-matched for the barnyard and homestead setting. Can make very good "pet" geese, as they are usually sweet and gentle when hand raised. Parent-raised birds with little or no human contact will be flighty and aggressive. A gentle gander can become aggressive during the breeding season and nip people who get too close to its nesting partner.

Culinary:  Despite now being raised mostly for its looks, the Sebastopol is a medium size utility goose, dresses out well and tastes good.  Mature ganders are 12-14 pounds and geese are 10-12 pounds.

Goslings $60 each
Check Price List for older geese, occasionally available.



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