Sweetgrass Turkey

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Other common names: Ronquières Turkey; Yellow-shouldered Ronquière Turkey

The basics:
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
Meat: Excellent
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.