Turkey Breeds

Bourbon Red Turkey

Heritage Breed - Watch Category

These beautiful birds were developed in Bourbon County Kentucky in the late 1800s by J. F. Barbee. Initially named Bourbon Butternuts he later changed the name to Bourbon Red after the initial name didn't draw the attention of the public. These turkeys make excellent meat birds for the homestead with their foraging ability and instincts. Young toms will reach about 23 pounds while hens will reach about 14. The processing time frame on these birds is around 7 months of age. 

Blue Slate Turkey

Heritage Breed - Watch Category

Blue Slates are our favorite turkey breed, their dove grey feathering makes for a striking sight when they are foraging out in the yard! They are similar in stature to Bourbon Reds with first-year weights of 23 to 14 pounds for hens and toms respectively.

 

Their origin is a bit of a mystery though genetically speaking there are two different genes that result in the grey coloring these birds are known for, one recessive and one dominant. Each gene produces a slightly different shade of grey.

Duck Breeds

Silver Appleyard

Heritage Breed - Category Threatened

This breed is considered a heavyweight at 8 to 9 pounds, they were developed in the 1940s at Priory Waterfowl Farm in England by Reginald Appleyard. They are beautifully feathered birds that produce  220 to 256 eggs per year, making them one of the most prolific layers in the heavyweight category. These ducks make a wonderful addition to anyone's farm since they are a true dual-purpose duck.

Khaki Campbell

Heritage Breed - Watch Category

Khakis are by far the most prolific laying duck. These lightweights lay nearly as many eggs as a good chicken, 250 to 340. Ours very rarely miss a day. They are active energetic ducks that forage well and weigh between 4 and 5 pounds. If you're looking for duck eggs these are your breed of choice. They might not be as striking as some of the other breeds with their dark tan plumage but they make up for it in productivity.

Indian Runner

Heritage Breed - Recovering

Describing these birds as a wine bottle with legs is certainly accurate. We have the black variety here at the farm and they serve as our comic relief. These speedy upright ducks keep close together and flock together much like sheep, they are frequently used to train young sheepdogs. Originally from China, this breed was used to weed rice patties. While not particularly useful ducks here they are a great addition to the farm for their weeding ability and unusual looks. Ours lay a pretty powder blue egg every few days.

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