Other common names: Broad Breasted Bronze
The Broad Breasted Bronze Turkey is a large domesticated turkey, which was created for meat production. The Bronze Turkey was first developed in the 1700's in the United States, and is thought to have originated from domestic European turkey varieties and the eastern wild turkey. During, the late 18th and early 19th centuries, some Bronze turkeys where selected for larger size. To distinguish this variety from the original Standard Bronze Turkey, these birds where named Broad Breasted Bronze.
Appearance: Brown with shades of cooper and blue-green iridescent feathers.
Housing: Barn, large pen, or on the range with a coop at night
Temperament: Easily handled
Breeds naturally: No
Broody: Hens are usually eaten before they come of age for brooding
Weight: (Very Large) 20 - 38 lbs
What else you should know:
The Broad Breasted Turkey cannot breed naturally, and needs Artificial Insemination to replicate. Therefore, most small farmers either pick a heritage turkey variety, or purchase their Broad Breasted Turkey poults yearly from a hatchery.
great flavor, Tender Turkey, finished weight, smoked, Beautiful Broad Breasted, juicy
HUGE splats, little cranky, Tom turkeys, stupid ways, legbone disease
turkey poults, group chasing grasshoppers, steady growth rate
Always Invited for Thanksgiving Dinner
I've grown this breed of turkey for holidays and meat for several years running now, and they've always impressed. They have a steady growth rate and top off between about 23 and 38 pounds for the set (hens on the lower end, toms on the higher).
The feed conversion is good; they're good pasture turkeys that will range and forage if given the opportunity; and their skeletons hold up to the muscle and meat they pack on.
I've used these birds as roasters, removed breasts for cutlets and more, and ground whole boned birds for a good supply of ground meat. Every way I've used them, they have been a top-quality meat source..
From MaryW Jul 22 2014 8:38AM
The Most Tender Turkey Ever
My family and I owned about a dozen Broad Breasted Bronze Turkeys at a time. Each year they were butchered and given to family members and donated to hungry families for Thanksgiving. They are pretty to look at and can get a little cranky from time to time but overall, they are docile. Aggression is not an issue with this breed. We had all Toms to eliminate fighting over a female. Turkeys, especially this particular breed, can roam freely without needing to supervise them much.
It is possible to tame a turkey, although it is not an easy task. The clean-up was also rather simple since their house was straw and concrete on the floor. We pressure washed the concrete once per week in order to keep it sanitary. The straw was changed out weekly as well.
When we received our smoked and non-smoked meat back from our butcher, the flavor and tenderness was better than we expected it to be. The meat takes in just enough smoke to give the entire bird flavor while not getting overpowering. The meat is tender and juicy with a great flavor..
From SarahP12 Nov 15 2012 10:14AM
BB Bronze Turkey: slow grower
My experiences with the Broad Breasted Bronze turkey were interesting. I had raised other turkeys before and was always happy with them, that was until the BB Bronze.
I found the Bronze bird grew slower, ate more feed, and didn't forage nearly as much as all the other turkey breeds I had raised in the past. 5 died before they were a week old. Once on pasture they tired to fight with my ducks on a weekly basis. I lost 4 birds half way thru the summer, they were there in the morning and gone in the afternoon with no sign of any "fowl" play. I believe they joined a group of wild turkeys I see from time to time on my land.
I don't know if this all was attributed to the breed or if it was an unruly batch from the hatchery. Either way I will steer clear of the Broad breast bronze from now on..
From Drhunt20 Sep 25 2015 2:17PM