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Bourbon Red turkeys originated in Bourbon County, Kentucky in the 1890's.  They were possibly developed from the Tuscawara Red, (now extinct), from Pennsylvania. Bourbon Reds were an import commercial breed during the 1930's and 1940's. They were valued for the quality of meat, maternal instincts, foraging abilities and show exhibition beauty as they are very colorful.

During the second half of the 1900's, commercial turkey production moved exclusively to hybrids, emphasizing round bodies, weak legs and questionable survival instincts. Bourbon Reds escaped commercialization and retain their size, shape and survival instincts of their ancestors but are listed as "rare" in numbers according to the American Livestock Breed Conservancy. 

Our Bourbon Red turkeys are naturally hatched by the hens and spend their summer following their mother around the pastures eating a natural diet. There is always grain waiting for them in the barn when they come in at dusk to roost.

We begin raising Bourbon Red turkeys about 20 years ago and have been surprised at the hardiness and survival skills. We had a Tom turkey "Waldorf" that lived to be 11 years old, surpassing all age records that we could find. We would like to help anyone interested in retaining this breed.

  Contact us for further information.


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Using the correct wpi of yarn may make the difference in the finished project

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