AVAILABLE SPRING 2016
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
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.