Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Ohio, United States
Posted Nov 15, 2012
My family and I owned about a dozen Broad Breasted Bronze Turkeys at a time. Each year they were butchered and given to family members and donated to hungry families for Thanksgiving. They are pretty to look at and can get a little cranky from time to time but overall, they are docile. Aggression is not an issue with this breed. We had all Toms to eliminate fighting over a female. Turkeys, especially this particular breed, can roam freely without needing to supervise them much.
It is possible to tame a turkey, although it is not an easy task. The clean-up was also rather simple since their house was straw and concrete on the floor. We pressure washed the concrete once per week in order to keep it sanitary. The straw was changed out weekly as well.
When we received our smoked and non-smoked meat back from our butcher, the flavor and tenderness was better than we expected it to be. The meat takes in just enough smoke to give the entire bird flavor while not getting overpowering. The meat is tender and juicy with a great flavor.