Other common names: Ronquières Turkey; Yellow-shouldered Ronquière Turkey
The Sweetgrass Turkey is a tri-colored variety, which is a heavily marked royal palm pattern with chestnut red. In Belgium, this variety is known as the Yellow Shouldered Ronquié Turkey, and has existed since at least the 16th century, where it is featured in paintings from master Joachim Beuckelaar. This tri-color variety, did not exist in the United States until 1996, when it was hatched from a flock of Broad Breasted Bronze in Montana, on Sweetgrass Farm.
Appearance: Royal palm pattern with chestnut red in place of the white.
Housing: Free range with a coop, or a large pen
Temperament: Social and easily handled
Breeds naturally: Usually
Broody: Fantastic mother and sitter
Weight: (Large) 18 - 36 lbs
What else you should know:
The Sweetgrass turkey is a heritage breed, and should be selected to breed naturally.
Some claim that the recessive color types of turkeys, such as the Sweetgrass, make fowl more prone to cataracts and eventually blindness.
Sweetgrass turkeys exist in both heritage and broad breasted varieties. Therefore, some Sweetgrass are naturally mating, while others require artificial insemination.
beautiful breed, good growth rate, heritage breed
"I own a heritage flock of Sweetgrass Turkeys and am extremely pleased with them. Every year we raise extra jakes for the Thanksgiving table and they are extremely tasty, as well has having a pretty good growth rate for a heritage breed. They won't get as big as a broad breasted, but they taste much better. They are docile, friendly and beautiful. Love this Turkey!."
From White Mountains Nov 15 2012 10:59AM