Bourbon Red Turkeys

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Bourbon Red Turkeys

 

Bourbon Red Turkeys

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About Bourbon Red Turkeys

The Bourbon Red turkey is named for Bourbon County in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region where it originated in the late 1800’s.  

In the late nineteenth century Kentucky and Pennsylvania was home to the original Bourbon Red Turkeys.  They were originally coined as “Bourbon Butternuts” and “Kentucky Reds” but soon were officially titled “Bourbon Red Turkeys.”   They typically mature in about 25-30 weeks.  

They were bred as a meat bird, but they are great for exhibition or simply for the backyard.  They are active foragers and mostly a docile breed. A few have been known to be aggressive when protecting their herd. 

As of today they are listed as ‘watch’ by The Livestock Conservancy, with fewer than 5000 in population.

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About Bourbon Red Turkeys

The Bourbon Red turkey is named for Bourbon County in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region where it originated in the late 1800’s.  

In the late nineteenth century Kentucky and Pennsylvania was home to the original Bourbon Red Turkeys.  They were originally coined as “Bourbon Butternuts” and “Kentucky Reds” but soon were officially titled “Bourbon Red Turkeys.”   They typically mature in about 25-30 weeks.  

They were bred as a meat bird, but they are great for exhibition or simply for the backyard.  They are active foragers and mostly a docile breed. A few have been known to be aggressive when protecting their herd. 

As of today they are listed as ‘watch’ by The Livestock Conservancy, with fewer than 5000 in population.

Below you will find some interesting facts along with items for sales such as necklaces, shirts, paintings and much more!

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About Bourbon Red Turkeys

The Bourbon Red turkey is named for Bourbon County in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region where it originated in the late 1800’s.  

In the late nineteenth century Kentucky and Pennsylvania was home to the original Bourbon Red Turkeys.  They were originally coined as “Bourbon Butternuts” and “Kentucky Reds” but soon were officially titled “Bourbon Red Turkeys.”   They typically mature in about 25-30 weeks.  

They were bred as a meat bird, but they are great for exhibition or simply for the backyard.  They are active foragers and mostly a docile breed. A few have been known to be aggressive when protecting their herd. 

As of today they are listed as ‘watch’ by The Livestock Conservancy, with fewer than 5000 in population.

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Running Speed

Wild Turkeys are actually quite fast. Due to their strong legs, they can reach speeds up to 25 miles per hour.

No Turkey at Thanksgiving

Suprisingly enough, there was no turkey at the first Thanksgiving Day feast.

Fun Facts About Bourbon Red Turkeys

Males can reach up to 33 lbs. and females up to 18 lbs.

They lay around 2 eggs per week.

A young male turkey is called a “Jake”, while a young female is called a “Jenny.”

Grown male turkeys are called “toms” and females are called “hens.”

They were previously called “Kentucky Reds” and “Bourbon Butternuts.”

Artificial Incemination

Most of today’s commercial turkeys are too big to be bred naturally and this must be done through artificial insemination.

Feathers on Adult Turkey

Population

There are currently fewer than 5,000 breeding Bourbon Red Turkeys in the United States.

Snood

Male Turkeys have a “snood” which is the long, fleshy attachment to their beak.

Fun Facts About Bourbon Red Turkeys

Males can reach up to 33 lbs. and females up to 18 lbs.

They lay around 2 eggs per week.

A young male turkey is called a “Jake”, while a young female is called a “Jenny.”

Grown male turkeys are called “toms” and females are called “hens.”

They were previously called “Kentucky Reds” and “Bourbon Butternuts.”

Running Speed

Wild Turkeys are actually quite fast. Due to their strong legs, they can reach speeds up to 25 miles per hour.

Population

There are currently fewer than 5,000 breeding Bourbon Red Turkeys in the United States.

Feathers on Adult Turkey

No Turkey at Thanksgiving

Suprisingly enough, there was no turkey at the first Thanksgiving Day feast.

Snood

Male Turkeys have a “snood” which is the long, fleshy attachment to their beak.

Artificial Incemination

Most of today’s commercial turkeys are too big to be bred naturally and this must be done through artificial insemination.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do they sleep?

Bourbon Turkey in Tree

Bourbon Red Turkey’s typically sleep in trees, pens for shelter or atop high ledges or roofs.  They can’t see well in the dark and these places keep them safe from predators.

Do they get diseases?

The most common disease that turkeys can get is what is known as “blackhead” disease.  This is caused by parasites. 

Some symptoms may include the turkey being lethargic, dry and ruffled feathers and a suppressed appetite.

Why do they gobble?

Bourbon Red Turkeys gobble to show dominance over other males and to attract the female “hens.”

What do they eat?

Typically a turkey will eat leaves and grasses and in the fall they will eat fruits, insects, seeds and berries.

How big do they get?

The male Bourbon Red Turkeys can reach 33 pounds and the females can reach 18 pounds.

Do they taste good?

Bourbon Red Turkeys are delicious!  They are the most common turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do they sleep?

Bourbon Turkey in Tree

Bourbon Red Turkey’s typically sleep in trees, pens for shelter or atop high ledges or roofs.  They can’t see well in the dark and these places keep them safe from predators.

Why do they gobble?

Bourbon Red Turkeys gobble to show dominance over other males and to attract the female “hens.”

How big do they get?

The male Bourbon Red Turkeys can reach 33 pounds and the females can reach 18 pounds.

Do they get diseases?

The most common disease that turkeys can get is what is known as “blackhead” disease.  This is caused by parasites. 

Some symptoms may include the turkey being lethargic, dry and ruffled feathers and a suppressed appetite.

What do they eat?

Typically a turkey will eat leaves and grasses and in the fall they will eat fruits, insects, seeds and berries.

Do they taste good?

Bourbon Red Turkeys are delicious!  They are the most common turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.  

Friendly Farm Animals

Bourbon Red Turkeys can be quite the friendly farm animal if they have consistent contact with humans.  At times they can be territorial, but in general they are peaceful and a great addition to a farm.  They get along well with the other animals and have quite the personality. 

Barnyard Buddies is lucky enough to have a wild turkey that decided to make his home on the farm.  He has been here for over 3 years and has become quite tame.  It is known that wild animals are very hard to tame and “Rio” has been a great addition to Barnyard Buddies and has even taken the other turkeys as part of her family.

Friendly Farm Animals

Bourbon Red Turkeys can be quite the friendly farm animal if they have consistent contact with humans.  At times they can be territorial, but in general they are peaceful and a great addition to a farm.  They get along well with the other animals and have quite the personality. 

Barnyard Buddies is lucky enough to have a wild turkey that decided to make his home on the farm.  He has been here for over 3 years and has become quite tame.  It is known that wild animals are very hard to tame and “Rio” has been a great addition to Barnyard Buddies and has even taken the other turkeys as part of her family.

Friendly Farm Animals

Bourbon Red Turkeys can be quite the friendly farm animal if they have consistent contact with humans.  At times they can be territorial, but in general they are peaceful and a great addition to a farm.  They get along well with the other animals and have quite the personality. 

Barnyard Buddies is lucky enough to have a wild turkey that decided to make his home on the farm.  He has been here for over 3 years and has become quite tame.  It is known that wild animals are very hard to tame and “Rio” has been a great addition to Barnyard Buddies and has even taken the other turkeys as part of her family.

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