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.
Excellent foragers, nice butcher weight, meat quality, farm environment, beutiful heritage turkey
evil creature, aggressive behavior, single breasted breed, excrement, Jerk
excellent guard animal, high roosts, 4H fair
The Narragansett is an interesting breed with a regal demeanor. They carry themselves like they’re the kings of the barnyard when they strut. The gobblers are not aggressive and mostly are just disinterested in the goings on around them, except for the hens. Although, if memory serves, they were originally a cross between wild turkeys and domestic breeds their domestic heritage is certainly dominant. I have only owned a single pair of Narragansett but they were a pleasure to have. I raised them as part of a 4H fair when I was a preteen. Ours won best of show and sired a few offspring which we sold as purebreds. They reach a nice butcher weight of around 35 pounds if you keep them on a high protein feed..
From Travis A. Wooten Jun 5 2014 2:34PM
These turkeys have beautiful coats, a pleasing call, and produce quality meat. There are definitely the pluses.
But the minuses far surpass it - this is the most evil creature I have ever had to care for. On a daily basis I was chased and attacked - it does make an excellent guard animal! Everything is an enemy!
They also fought and pecked each other to the point where they had to be nested separately.
This is not a turkey for a pet, or anything I would bring near children.
Although, as stated, they are gorgeous creatures to view..
From ampersands Feb 28 2015 8:06PM