Broad-breasted Bronze Turkeys

Donna's Broad-breasted male "Tommy"
Photo courtesy of Donna West

This breed was developed for the table. The coloring is similar to that of the wild turkey, but the size and shape of the two differ greatly. The APA Standard sets their weights at 36 pounds for an old tom and 20 pounds for an old hen. By 28 weeks a young tom may already weigh 25 pounds.

It should be noted that, like the Broad-breasted White, these commercial strains are so heavy that they cannot usually mate naturally, requiring artificial insemination. The "unimproved" Bronzes are able to mate naturally.

A Broad-breasted hen
Boy, no wonder they call them broad!
Photo courtesy of Pam Marshall

Close-up of a BBB tom
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

This is "Chester," a one-and-a-half year old BBB tom
Photo courtesy of Rose M. Isgrigg

A BB Bronze poult
Photo courtesy of Lisa Fewell

Only 9 days old and already strutting!
Photo courtesy of Barb King

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