Posted May 20, 2014
The Bourbon Red is my least favorite of the five turkey breeds I have had. It grows slowly, has a bad temper, and begins gobbling earlier than other Turkeys from my experience by about two months. When I raise turkeys I raise them strictly for meat so I may be a bit biased on the Bourbon Red. That said, the do not put on nearly as much weight, nor do that put it on as quickly as the Broad Breasted White, or the Midget White. The thing I disliked the most about them however was their temperament and need to roost. They could not stand confinement at all, and so needed a huge space build just for them. Even this was not enough and they began fighting, and attacking until we put, custom made, roosts in their enclosure. If we had a star system I'd give them a 1 out of 5. The best quality of this breed however is it's foraging ability. We had a flock when I was young that we kept fenced in on the mountainside which had an Cartesian well as part of it. Since the water was available, and the food was natural for them, we essentially didn't have to take care of them and benefited from their meat as needed. We basically "stocked" the mountain with turkeys. However, as mentioned earlier, when I tried them in a less rural setting it was disastrous.