In addition to the chickens we used to raise heritage turkeys, including Red Bronze, Standard Bronze, and Bourbon Red.
Heritage turkey breeds, like the Standard Bronze, are slow growing, can mate naturally, unlike their Broad-Breasted Bronze counterparts, and are long-lived. Our last aged tom, Jake Jr. (J.J.), is proving that longevity. While we no longer raise turkeys, J.J. was hatched on the farm, and has been a fixture now for almost 10 years, and looks as handsome as ever.
While we enjoy having J.J. here, our local wild flocks of turkeys that roam through the farm at this location make it difficult to free-range turkeys here. These wild counterparts can be particularly aggressive toward J.J., although interestingly, they leave our chickens alone. J.J. will live out his life here, in comfortable retirement though. They are interesting birds, with unique personalities, and interesting characters, but it’s difficult to keep them penned up to avoid conflicts with the wild birds that wander through, and see our birds as a threat.