Other common names: Large White Turkey; White Broad Breasted Turkey
The Broad Breasted White Turkey is the most widely-used commercial breed of domesticated turkey. Growing up to fifty pounds, this variety produces more breast meat then any heritage breed. Unfortunately, their large size comes with a price. These birds are unable to breed without human assistance, and by the age of one year they grow too large for their legs to support their body. For this reason, Broad Breasted Whites are usually overlooked by smaller hobby-farms.
Temperament: Friendly, social, and laid back
Breeds naturally: No
Parenting: Hens do not generally live long enough to brood
Weight: (Very large) up to 50 lbs
What else you should know:
Broad Breasted White Turkeys require more maintenance then heritage breeds of poultry. They are very large, and prone to suffering from heat stress.
Broad Breasted White poults are very clumsy and prone to drowning. Take care to make sure their waterers are safe, and that they stay warm and dry.
Broad Breasted Turkeys do not mate naturally, and require artificial insemination to replicate. If small farmers raise this variety, they will need to get poults yearly from a hatchery.
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bone structure, respiratory failure, appropriate housing, joint damage, heart disease, bumble foot
larger breasts, pin feathers, good feedconverters
A good White Broad Breasted Turkey
I want to share my experience with Broad Breasted White Turkey, which I have got helping my granny, who has a farm.
Broad Breasted White Turkeys are demanding birds so you have to care about them. They love freedom, love to walk in nature, require a green pasture. Also they need feeding several times a day (especially they like wheat). In such conditions White Turkey's growth is very good - for half year they weight up to 30 lbs.
Females start egg-laying at the age of 8-9 months. Every year turkey gives 100-130 eggs.
One of the most important features of the Broad Breasted White Turkey breed, which should be paid attention to: at the age of 5-6 months their growth slowed down significantly, the costs of further weight gain dramatically increased. That's why this age is considered to be the best to their slaughter. The meat of this turkey is very tasty..
From maxholt Jun 20 2015 3:44AM
Broad Breasted White Turkeys, only for Large-scale Rearers
This is the meat producing turkey par excellence. Commercially this bird is very important and we had neighbours who reared hundreds. But, in terms of turkeys we only ever reared enough for ourselves and our family.
As poults, they need warmth and the truth is that they have been reared to be too heavy for their bone structure. They also have the traditional turkey instincts but not the intelligence to realize that they cannot behave that way. They wan to roost up high and then they fall down and break their necks. Broken legs are common and splinting is often required.
They may eventually become so heavy that they cannot even move. And they are mean... unless you are feeding them. Feed them and they crowd round you gobbling madly and trying to get at the food. Because they are so heavy they also tend to fall into food troughs and water systems so cleaning out will be more of an effort than most other birds.
If you want a huge bird for the Christmas table then these might be for you. But if you have never raised turkeys before they are not a bird for the beginner. They need appropriate housing and lots of looking after. They are definitely not long-term pets, size and temperament mitigate against that.
I do not think they taste that good either (that's the food writer in me). Heritage and rarer varieties will give you much more pleasure, both to care for and to keep long term if that is what you want to do.
For intensive rearing to get lots of birds with a nigh meat content then the broad-breasted white turkey might be a good choice. But if you want to rear less intensively and get a better tasting bird, give me a black or bronze turkey any day..
From DLlE Sep 25 2012 11:01AM
My experience with our pet turkey
Our pet turkey picks on me. It once chased me around the house feathers puffed. it is very aggressive and makes a lot of noise. Funny though, it's only mean to me. otherwise, it is not messy and doesnt require much maintenance..
From BolaA Sep 5 2014 7:54AM