Saturday, January 10, 2009

Coming in February to a Homestead Near you....

Broad Breasted Bronze Turkey!

I am really interested in Heritage and endangered animals. Recently, the Benavides & McVay families joined forces to purchase Broad Breasted Bronze Turkey. We will be mating them and growing our own flock of these birds.

The Bronze variety is stately and imposing in appearance. The standard weight for young toms is 25 pounds and for young hens is 16 pounds. Since, however, the Standard Bronze has not been selected for production attributes, including weight gain, for years, many birds may be smaller than the standard. Careful selection for good health, ability to mate naturally, and production attributes will return this variety to its former stature. Broad Breasted Bronze turkeys are also in need of conservation. Only a few hatcheries maintain breeding flocks, and many of these are reducing their number. Marketing strategies need to be developed for each type that does not undermine the other. from the American Livestock Breed Conservancy
Our homestead will even have a few to sell to start your own flock or for Thanksgiving Dinners!

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