Day Old Standard Bronze Turkey Poults
Hatching March through July. Turkey Poults are straight run only.
Developed by early North American colonists by crossing domestic turkeys brought over from Europe and Eastern Wild Turkeys, the Standard Bronze Turkey is the largest American standardized variety of turkey. The Broad Breasted Bronze was developed from the standard, however, do not mistake the two as the Bronze turkey today is still one of the most popular choices being a heritage breed, docile, a good layer, and a good meat bird. This variety is a perfect addition to any backyard flock!
Production: Standard Bronze turkeys are good layers as far as turkeys go, but do not go broody as easily as some other varieties. The Standard Bronze turkey can naturally mate. Being a heritage breed, they grow slower than your broad-breasted turkeys, but they still are a good dual-purpose breed for the homesteader. They will be ready to process at 28 weeks of age!
Temperament: The Standard Bronze Turkey can be an ideal turkey for a backyard flock, although it does require plenty of room to roam. The Bronze Turkey has quite an even temperament and is easy to raise.
History: The Standard Bronze Turkey was brought to America by colonists in the 1700s, however, it was not until the 1830s, the Bronze name came into place in Rhode Island. This variety was selectively bred further to make the commercial Broad Bronze Turkey, however, the heritage variety is still popular today with its American history behind it. In 1874 the Bronze variety was recognized by the American Poultry Association.
Colors: Iridescent bronze-like sheen with the addition of blue-green and copper shading within it. Tail and tail covert feathering is a dull black color, with some black, bronze, and white banding.
Livestock Conservancy Status: Watch
Body Type: Standard Bronze Turkeys carry an upright carriage and triangular body shape.
Standard Weights: Old Toms 36 lbs, Old Hen 20 lbs, Young Tom 25 lbs, Young Hen 16 lbs,