Other common names: Light Brown Turkey
The Auburn Turkey is a heritage American variety, that was raised during the early 19th century for meat. They have been a fan of a few serious breeders for centuries, but are yet to be recognized by the American Poultry Association. Today, they are a critically endangered variety.
Appearance: Hens are brown. Toms have auburn plumage with red-brown and white wing barring. Silver Auburn also exists.
Suitable Housing: Coop with free range, or a large pen
Personality: Social, active and well mannered
Naturally Mating: Yes
Weights: (Large) 19 - 35 lbs
What else you should know:
Auburns hens can be crossed to Bronze toms to create sex linkable poults. The male poults that hatch will be Bronze in coloration and the females will be Auburn.
heritage breed, excellent egg layers, pet turkeys
high temps, Blackhead kills turkeys
Auburn turkeys are excellent pets! They are also a heritage breed. I spent a lot of time with mine when they were baby's and they think I'm their mom. They run to me every time I go outside. They are very curious and will peck at shiny or colourful things like diamond rings, red nail polish, rivets on jeans, etc. They also like to untie shoes. They get smarter as they get older and don't go after these things as much. Don't let them get close to your face because they can be curious of eyes and lips too. They love hugs and kisses. They will roost up high in trees or on a roof if you don't get them in before dark. The safest place for them is in a covered pen, especially when the girls are seeking a hiding place for their nests. Turkeys are excellent egg layers and mothers as long as there is a safe place for them to raise their poults. Turkeys are hardy in winter, not so much in high temps. They can catch cold, pneumonia or sinusitis if they are left outside in wet or windy weather. They are very fragile when young. They have to be shown the food and water and make sure they are eating and drinking. Putting marbles in their dishes helps. Turkeys shouldn't be penned where chickens have been until they are grown because chickens are carriers of "blackhead." Blackhead kills turkeys. If you want pet turkeys, find a heritage breed as broad breasted breeds are only meant to live a few weeks and will eventually have heart or leg issues and will pass away, leaving you with a broken heart..
From armeda Sep 27 2012 11:13PM
McGuck the Turkey
I selected Auburn as the type of turkey but really I have no idea what kind of turkey he is. McGuck is sort of an oddball and really a bit of a butthead. He's really not good for anything other than to look at. We have no intention of ever eating him and as a male we recieve no eggs, so he's kind of useless and not very fun to hang out with.
McGuck is very pretty for a turkey but that doesn't mean he's not pretty ugly. He's a big guy (not sure exact weight) and we try not to aggravate him. He has a large, chainlink cage with a small coop which for some reason he thinks is an outhouse. He's not really a nice bird and once full on attack my little brother. I thought it was kind of funny, but no one else was laughing.
If you plan on buying a turkey, I would suggest not doing it. Leave the turkeys to the turkey farms. They are gross, ugly, smelly, stupid, and sort of mean (at least McGuck is all of these.) He probably would have been much happier with some company but adding more turkeys now would be dangerous for them. McGuck would likely attack them and maybe even kill them. He's certainly strong enough that he could.
Do not get a turkey unless you are eventually going to eat it or sell it!.
From fumpsee Apr 1 2013 5:14PM