Wild Acres located in Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada breeds and sells hearty mixed bred heritage turkey poults.
Our turkeys are a vigorous mixed breed of Heritage Ridley Bronze/Slate/Narragansett.
We have been interbreeding our turkeys for many years now. When we hatch our turkey eggs we usually get more Bronze coloured poults but sometimes we get a Narragansett coloured poult.
Not available for 2022.
We do not sell turkey hatching eggs or adult birds.
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 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 approximately 3–5 years.
They can be initially raised with chicks and seem to thrive better with them. Chicks will show them where the food and water stations are. They 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 around 14-16+ lbs for hens and 23-25+ lbs for mature toms.