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Country of Origin: USA
Primary Use: Meat, Pets
Bird Size: 14-15 lbs
Egg Production: seasonal layers (spring-summer)
Egg Color: pale cream to medium brown with spotting
Temperament: calm disposition, good maternal abilities, early maturation and very curious
Conservation List: Watch
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Turkeys are seasonal layers. Eggs and poults are generally available from April to August
This will be our second season with this Heritage and rare breed. We find turkeys to be extremely hardy birds and very social. When we are out in the farm yard they are right there following us around. They crave companionship and the boys love to show off! Turkeys prefer to be free ranged and roost as high up as possible. They are alert and gaggle whenever they sense danger or anyone coming to the farm. If you have visited us you have been warmly greeted by all our turkeys.
The Narragansett color pattern contains black, gray, tan, and white. Hens weigh around 14 pounds and toms 23 pounds. Since, the Narragansett has not been selected for mass production, weights may be smaller than the standard. We have been told around 12 weeks to grow and process a turkey for a meal. Narragansett turkeys have traditionally been known for their calm disposition, good maternal abilities, early maturation, egg production, and excellent meat quality. Everything you could ask for in a turkey! The Narragansett turkey would make a useful and beautiful addition to anyone’s farm or homestead. The rich American history of this turkey is fascinating and what draws us to them. Turkeys are seasonal layers and only lay in the spring and summer months. all our turkeys are Non-GMO!
The Narragansett turkey is named for Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, where the variety was developed. It descends from turkeys and the domestic turkeys (maybe the Norfolk Blacks) brought to America by English and European colonists beginning in the 1600’s. Improved and standardized for production qualities, the Narragansett became the foundation of the turkey industry in New England. Though it was valued across the country, it was especially important in Rhode Island and Connecticut. The American Poultry Association recognized the Narragansett in 1874.
According to an 1872 account, it was not uncommon to find flocks of one to two hundred birds, the product of a breeder flock of a dozen hens. Little supplemental feed was given to the turkeys; instead they ranged for grasshoppers, crickets, and other insects. Farmers raising the turkeys were aware of the benefits of genetic selection and raised young toms that weighed between 22-28 pounds and hens that were 12-16 pounds.
While the Narragansett was never as popular as the Bronze variety, it was widely known in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic States as well as in New England. Interest in the Narragansett began to decline in the early 1900s as popularity of the Standard Bronze grew and industrial farming practices. The Narragansett was not used for commercial production for decades until the early 21st century, when renewed interest in the biological fitness, survivability, and superior flavor captured consumer interest and created a growing market niche. We bring you this useful and important breed. Please help preserve their heritage. Check out our blog article on heritage breeds.
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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.