Buy Black Spanish Turkeys
Buy Black Spanish Turkeys is considered a rare breed of turkey, a heritage turkey and admitted into the American Standard of Perfection in 1874. This breed can be traced back to when explorers in the 1500’s carried this Mexican turkey to Europe and then later carried it back to the Americas. They are also one of the naturally reproducing breeds of turkeys.
Note: As poults they will have lighter feathering but will change to a iridescent solid black at around 8-9 months.
Looking for a rare, endangered Turkey? Check out the Black Spanish, Black Turkey or Black Nofolk. This is a wonderful turkey that has all the traits you could ask for – calm, social, superior flavor and eye candy here on our farm. This is the most hardy of all the heritage turkey breeds.
The coloring of the Black Spanish Turkey is absolutelys gorgeous. It is a lustrous, metallic black with a greenish sheen on top and a dull black under color. The poults and teenagers will often have white or bronze in their feathers as they grow and develop but molt into the black color above. Since, however, the Black has not been selected for production attributes for years, many birds may be smaller than the breed standard. In our breeding program we work on weights of out turkeys. While generally known as the Black turkey, the terms “Norfolk Black” and “Black Spanish” are also used in the United States when referring to this variety, all these terms refer to the same Black variety.
Buy Black Spanish Turkeys
For meat production – these are great for any situation like all heritage turkeys they can naturally reproduce and you can basically have a self-sustaining flock. Harvesting expect longer grow rates for Heritage Turkeys. The flavor of a naturally grown turkey is amazing and very sought after so the market is great. A note is when harvesting since the feathers are black, you will have ink spots on the meat – this is not in any way change the taste or health of the turkey. This is the ink from their dark pin feathers and education to consumers will help explain.
Egg consumption – heritage turkeys are not big egg layers, they can lay up to 60-80 eggs a year and seasonally (Spring to Summer). Eggs can be used in a normal fashion but pastry chefs rave about their use in more dense deserts like Crème Brule (not so much in lighter deserts like angel food cake), they are also very good when used for egg noodle production.
Here at the farm we are really amazed at how hardy this breed is. In Vermont our winters are very rough and summers can be hot. This turkey can handle all of those extremes, roosting at the highest point on our barn in high winds and freezing weather. We actually have to make them come indoors. In our observation our stock and breed has been so far very hardy and healthy. All poults are born strong and healthy with very little health concerns. Heritage turkeys prefer to be free ranged and roost as high up as possible. They don’t bare confinement well due to their large size and nature. Remember these turkeys can fly. The Hens tend to wander and Toms stay close to the food! They are alert and gaggle whenever they sense danger or anyone coming to the farm.
Raising and the Why? We consider Buy Black Spanish Turkeys, an intermediate bird to raise. The poults do require a little more special attention and the teenagers are a bit naughty! Once adults they are easier. Sugar Feather Farm is here for you after your purchase to help with any questions or concerns. Turkeys are seasonal layers and only lay in the spring and summer months and sometimes into the fall. All our turkeys are Non-GMO!
Feed Recommendations: turkeys are considered a gamebird and need higher protein when developing. We recommend Sugar Feather Farm gamebird starter, when they are poults, Sugar Feather Farm gamebird grower when they are growing, and when the hit maturation you can switch to our adult feed. If you are raising strictly for meat production and pasture a different feed regimen will apply. You can reach out for recommendations on that program.
Where did black turkeys originate?
Day Old Baby Black Spanish Turkey poults
Hatching March to July. Turkey Poults are straight run only.
The Black Spanish Turkey is one of the oldest breeds, and for at least two centuries breeders selected for quality of meat. If you are looking for a tasty turkey, the Black Spanish may be just what you need!
Temperament: Black Turkeys are known for their calm disposition. As one of the oldest domesticated breeds of turkey, they have had time to calm down!
History: The story of the Black Turkey is a tale of two continents. It is thought that Black Turkeys were brought back from Mexico by the original explorers from the Old World. There is no evidence that there were flocks of Blacks roaming the wild, though.
Instead, breeders in Europe, particularly Spain and the Norfolk region of England, were selected for that color, as well as for the quality of meat. Blacks were raised in Europe for almost 200 years before the colonists who settled North America began crossing the ocean – bringing along flocks of Black Turkeys.
Until the development of the Bronze Breasted Turkey, Blacks were raised for production and were not uncommon. Today, the story is much different, and breeders are needed to boost the population’s numbers of this old, beautiful, and delicious variety of turkey. The Black Spanish Turkeys are ready to process in 28 weeks.
The Black Turkey was listed in the American Poultry Association’s first Standard in 1874.
Colors: The APA’s Standard of Perfection calls for a Black Turkey to have all black feathers, with no white, and no brown or bronze-colored tint or sheen. Their beaks should be black; wattles red; shanks and toes pink, although some lines have black shanks and toes.
Conservation Status: Watch
Weight: Young Tom 23 lbs, Young Hen 14 lbs