Wild Acres located in Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada breeds and sells hearty mixed bred heritage turkey poults.
Heritage Ridley Bronze/Slate/Narragansett Mixed Breed:
Our turkeys usually start laying fertile eggs in March/April but our flock is limited so we only sell turkey poults at our farm gate when they become available.
Day-old poults $15 (poults are sold unsexed/straight run and may be limited).
We do not ship turkey eggs or poults.
We have mixed bred heritage turkeys. We like their calm temperaments and excellent hardiness. Our main current tom is 3/4 Ridley Bronze and 1/4 Slate. He is friendly and easy to handle as well as strong and healthy. His mother was a huge pure Ridley Bronze hen who was unrelated to his Ridley/Slate father. His father is now pet stock at a local zoo as he was also easy to handle and child friendly.
My other senior tom is a pure Narragansett heritage turkey from Ontario stock. He is very calm, colourful and also a healthy tom. He is a bit on the shy side and a bit smaller then my Ridley/Slate tom but that works out well because my toms hang out together. Our hens are either Ridley Bronze/Slate or Narragansett so you usually get lighter and darker coloured poults when you order.
They were all raised with our chickens and waterfowl and everyone gets along splendidly. My hens lay their eggs in either doghouses or inside the coop. They often go broody in pairs and I also hatch turkey eggs using other broody hens or the incubator.
Our heritage turkeys are able to breed naturally, have good mothering instincts, and are able to raise their own offspring unlike the commercial store bought turkey. They do well under outdoor management, are hardy, slow growing and have superior immunity.
Heritage turkeys are capable of the full normal lifespan of wild turkeys. Breeding hens are commonly productive for 5–7 years and breeding toms for 3–5 years.
They can be initially raised with chicks and seem to thrive better with them as chicks show them where the food and water stations are. They also grow twice as fast as chicks and reach a slaughter weight at about 30 weeks. However, we suggest you wait for a better carcass quality after another month or two of growth (5-6+ months). They produce a good sized and very tasty bird when processed with the weights ranging about 14-16+ lbs for hens and 23-25+ lbs for mature toms.