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Narragansett Turkey

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The basics:
The Narragansett Turkey is named for Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, "It descends from a cross between native Eastern Wild turkeys and the domestic turkeys (probably Norfolk Blacks) brought to America by English and European colonists beginning in the 1600’s."

"Improved and standardized for production qualities, the Narragansett became the foundation of the turkey industry in New England, though interest in the breed began to decline in the early 1900s as popularity of the Standard Bronze Turkey grew. Today, this historic variety, unique to North America, merits evaluation for production in sustainable agriculture systems."

Appearance: Very similar to the North American wild turkey. These birds are black with gray and tan at their necks, chest, back, and wings.
Housing: Free range with a coop, or in a large pen
Temperament: Calm and gentle
Breeds naturally: Yes
Broody: Excellent mother
Meat: Very good
Weight: (Medium) 14 - 23 lbs

What else you should know:
While breeding, it is important to select Narragansett's for proper weight, utility values, and the ability to mate naturally.

wonderful

Excellent foragers, nice butcher weight, meat quality, farm environment, beutiful heritage turkey

challenging

evil creature, aggressive behavior, single breasted breed, excrement, Jerk

interesting

excellent guard animal, high roosts, 4H fair

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