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Heritage Turkey, Goose, and Duck Breeds Offered

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.

Royal Palm Turkeys

Royal Palm Tom


The Royal Palm color pattern first appeared in America in a mixed flock of Black, Bronze, Narragansett, and Wild turkeys on the farm of Enoch Carson of Lake Worth, Florida in the 1920s. Coloring is white with a sharply contrasting, metallic black edging on the feathers and a black saddle. Although very tasty they are most often kept for "eye candy" or exhibition. Good flyers.

The Livestock Conservancy status:  Threatened.

Temperament: Royal Palms are very active, thrifty turkeys, and excellent foragers. They are not as calm or chummy as Bourbon Red or Standard Bronze; friendly when brought up with regular contact with people, but a bit standoffish when compared to Bourbon Reds or Standard Bronze with the same upbringing.

Culinary:  A Slow Food USA Ark of Taste breed. Standard weights are 16 pounds for young toms and 10 pounds for young hens. Although the Royal Palm has not been purposefully selected for either growth rate or muscling, so is not a large turkey, it has the typically rich, delicious flavor of the heritage turkey.

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

Standard Bronze Turkeys

Standard Bronze


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 turkeys, occasionally available.

American Buff Geese


American Buff

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.  Ganders will be less tolerant during breeding season (starting in late winter) and will be extra hissy and protective of their nesting mates to the point of nipping if you get get too close. Parent-raised goslings can become tame and 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


The Sebastopol is believed to have originated in the Danube (river) region of Europe. It 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. I offer the white, curly breasted type. They are not apt to wander, yet are good foragers, and easily fatten. The curly feathers provide poor insulation, so they need protection in winter from cold, wet, and wind. Sebsopols are 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, non to 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. An otherwise gentle gander can become aggressive during the breeding season and nip people who get too close to his nesting partner. They make good sitters and natural mothers.

Culinary:  Despite now being raised mostly for its looks, the Sebastopol was developed as a medium size utility goose, dresses out well, and is a very tasty table bird with the flesh of excellent quality.  Mature ganders are 12-14 pounds and geese are 10-12 pounds.

Goslings: $65 each. Goslings will not be available in 2022, but a very limited number of young adults will be.
Check Price List for older geese, occasionally available.


Welsh Harlequin Ducks

Welsh Harlequins


The beautiful Welsh Harlequin originated in 1949 from two mutant light colored ducklings hatched from pure Khaki Campbells by duck breeder Leslie Bonnet in Wales. In 1968, hatching eggs were first imported to Tennessee. There are gold and silver varieties; the silver variety of the Welsh Harlequin was accepted by the American Poultry Association in 2001 and is what I offer. The Harlequin is a streamlined lightweight breed, with complex color patterns that are sexually dimorphic by young adult age allowing you to tell drakes from ducks. Ducklings may exhibit a subtle sex-linked difference in bill color for a short time after hatch. The ducks are outstanding layers producing 240-330 white shelled eggs a year.

The Livestock Conservancy status:  Watch.

Temperament:  The Harlequin is an active forager, but friendly, docile and placid, with lots of personality, and bonds readily when raised with frequent human contact. Great brooders and mothers.

Culinary:  Excellent lean meat, but small at 4.5-5 lbs.

Ducklings: $7 each
Check Price List for older ducks, occasionally available.


Updated 1 Jan 2022