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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 are not available in 2021, but a limited number of young adults will be available.
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.

 

2021 Special!

Chicken Layer Pullets

and

a Light Brahma Cockerl

Young Light Brahma Cockerl

Young Light Brahma

 

 

Light Brahma Cockerl: A handsome bird, hatched late July 2020. Pictured at just four months old. Not aggressive, takes good care of his hens. Available now!

Pullets: Because of ordering too many replacement chickens for my multi-breed layer flock, about 30, four month old pullets will be offered in August. The pullets are a mix of heritage, fancy, and relatively newly introduced non-production (non-commercial) breeds, 1-2 of each breed (see breed list below). Egg production among the breeds is variable. Some can pretty much hold their own with the production breeds, most have good, but average production, and there are a few slackers--more elegance than eggs. I encourage those new to keeping a small layer flock read about the breed characteristics and not just fall for a pretty feather. If you want a good supply of eggs, watch out for breeds described as "broody" that are terrific for hatching and raising chicks, but remember, broody hens don't lay eggs when their hormones switch to the motherhood mode. And no, you don't have to keep a rooster to get eggs.

The Livestock Conservancy status and country of origin: 

Barred Rock (US)
Black Australorp (AU) - Recovering.
Bielefelder (GE)
Black Cochin (CH) - Recovering.
Buff Cochin (CH) - Recovering.
Cream Legbar (UK)
Cuckoo Marans (FR)
Silver Gray Dorking (IT) - Watch.
Salmon Faverolle (FR) - Threatened.
Speckled Sussex (UK) - Recovering.
Buff Brahma (US) - Recovering.
Light Brahma (US) - Recovering.
Silver Laced Wyandotte (US)
Welsummer (NL)
White Crested Black Polish (NL) - Watch.
Buff Laced Polish (NL) - Watch.
French Black Copper Marans (FR)
Whiting True Blue (US)

Temperament:  The breeds are predominately of Asian, UK, US, and Continetal origin, which are generally your more docile, non-aggressive, get-along-with-each-other, don't forage far from home breeds. From personal preference, I tend to stay away from Mediterranean origin breeds, which generally are your flightier, more active, get-out-of-my-personal-space aggressive breeds, and tend to forage much greater distances from the night roost.

Culinary:  Egg size will vary from medium to extra large, of various colors. It's an old wive's tale that different color eggs taste differently. Eggs will taste differently, but it is not due to the color, it is the diet of the bird that affects the taste. That's why free roaming farm chicken eggs taste better than eggs from penned chicken eggs. Chickens are omnivores and eat an extremely varied diet when free roaming, which causes their eggs' taste (richer) and nutrition (higher) to differ from penned chickens' eggs, that are on a standard, unvarying, commercial diet. The color shade of eggs will vary some by the chicken's age and point in the egg lay cycle.

Egg colors:

Barred Rock - light brown
Black Australorp - brown
Bielefelder - brown
Black Cochin - light brown .
Buff Cochin - light brown
Cream Legbar - sky blue
Cuckoo Marans - dark brown
Silver Gray Dorking - cream
Salmon Faverolle - cream
Speckled Sussex - light brown
Buff Brahma - brown
Light Brahma - medium brown
Silver Laced Wyandotte -light to darker brown
Welsummer - dark brown
White Crested Black Polish - white
Buff Laced Polish - white
French Black Copper Marans - darkest brown
Whiting True Blue - powder blue

Pullets: $20 each, ca. 30 available
Light Brahma Cockerl: $20, one available


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Updated 3 January 2021