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Black Spanish Turkey

From: $18.00

Country of Origin: Europe

Primary Use: Meat

​Bird Size: 14-23 Lbs

Egg Production: seasonal layers (Spring-Summer)

Egg Size:X-Large

Egg Color: pale cream to medium brown with spotting

​Hardiness: hardy

​Temperament: docile, curious, friendly

ALBC Priority: Threatened

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  • Sexing Agreement

    Fee for Females Only!
    Sexing fowl is very hard to do and only generally 70% accurate. We base this assumption on behavior and feathering, no vent sexing. We are not responsible for any errors on this. However, we will kindly refund with farm credit if the error occurs , excluding Ayam Cemani (no shipping refunds). For biosecurity purposes we are not able to take back any fowl. If you are purchasing a male or straight-run, zero fees apply. See our Sexing Policy 

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Turkeys are seasonal layers. Eggs and poults are generally available from April to August

SKU: black-spanish-turkey Category: Product ID: 1179

Looking for a rare, endangered Turkey? Check out the Black Spanish. This is a wonderful turkey that has all the traits you could ask for – calm, social, superior flavor and eye candy here on our farm.

The coloring of the Black Spanish is absolutely gorgeous. It is a lustrous, metallic black with a greenish sheen on top and a dull black under color. The poults and teenagers will often have white or bronze in their feathers but molt into the black color above. Since, however, the Black has not been selected for production attributes for years, many birds may be smaller than the breed standard. While generally known as the Black turkey, the terms “Norfolk Black” and “Black Spanish” are also used in the United States when referring to this variety, all these terms refer to the same Black variety.

Here at the farm we are really amazed at how hardy this breed is. In Vermont our winters are very rough and summers can be hot. This turkey can handle all of those extremes, roosting at the highest point on our barn in high winds and freezing weather. We actually have to make them come indoors. In our observation our stock and breed has been so far very hardy and healthy. All poults are born strong and healthy with very little health concerns.

We consider turkeys an intermediate bird to raise. The poults do require a little more special attention and the teenagers are a bit naughty! Once adults they are very easy. Sugar Feather Farm is here for you after your purchase to help with any questions or concerns.


The Black turkey originated in Europe as a direct descendant of the Mexican turkeys carried home with explorers in the 1500s. Black colored turkeys became popular in Spain where they were known as “Black Spanish”, and in England, especially in the Norfolk region where they were known as “Norfolk Blacks.” After being selected for meat production for more than two centuries, the Black Spanish turkey made the voyage back to the Americas with early European colonists. Once here, the variety was crossed with Eastern wild turkeys, which formed the basis for the Black turkey variety in America. This Black variety was commercially viable through the early part of the 20th century though not as popular as Bronze, White Holland, Narragansett, and Bourbon Red varieties.  Some past information states that Blacks were bred in large numbers along the East Coast including Maryland and Virginia, their popularity enhanced by selection for a calm disposition, rapid growth, and early maturation.  The black was recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1874.

The Black turkey is in need, this is a “threatened” breed on the Livestock Conservancy list. A renewed interest in the biological fitness, survivability, and superior flavor has captured consumer interest again and is creating a growing market niche. This personable, attractive bird can recover to its early 20th century status with the help of us!



Sugar-Feather is member of the following groups:

National Poultry Improvement Plan

The Livestock Conservancy


Pre-ordered adults and hatchlings may be picked up by appointment. To safeguard our birds from exposure to disease brought in by visitors, in accordance with the provisions of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, areas where birds are kept are off limits. However you are welcome to look at all the breeds and interactions, it is a site to see.

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