There is a specific breed of Turkey that happens to be popular to some persons yet some persons don’t really know about this Breed. Or maybe they do know about the Turkey but they don’t really know it by it’s original name – Narragansett Turkey.
In this article, I am going to be giving us details on this Breed of Turkey that descends from a cross between the eastern wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) and the Domestic turkey. I know you have been asking questions like;
1. Are Narragansett Turkey Good for Eating?
2. Benefits of Narragansett Turkey
3. Are Narragansett Turkey Good Pets
4. Narragansett Turkey Breed
5. Characteristics of Narragansett Turkey
Lots of these questions will be answered but we will focus more on the Nutritional Benefits of Narragansett Turkey because good food is very essential. Without taking much time, lets dive into today’s article.
We will be starting with a brief information about this Breed of Turkey and what really makes them special and sorted after;
Brief History and Information about Narragansett Turkey
As mentioned above, this is a Breed of Meleagris gallopavo. According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, the Narragansett Turkey is a historic variety, unique to North America and is named for Narragansett Bay.
This bird has plumage with black, grey, tan and white feathers. It resembles the Bronze turkey but has feathers of grey or dull black replacing the Bronze’s distinctive coppery coloring.
The breed is prized for its excellent temperament combining a calm disposition with good maternal abilities. They mature early, are good egg producers, have excellent quality meat and when kept at liberty, it doesn’t wander too far from home. These characteristics makes them a bit preferred than other turkey.
Narragansett Turkey became the foundation of the turkey industry in New England and was especially important in Rhode island and Connecticut. It was popular in the Mid-Atlantic States and the Midwest. This breed was recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1874.
Characteristics of Narragansett Turkey
These are a large birds with very beautiful appearance. The bird has plumage with black, grey, tan and white feathers. The breed occasionally have bars of white feathers on their wings due to a genetic mutation not found outside the United States.
These birds have a black beard, a horn-colored beak, and a mostly featherless head and neck which range in color from red to blueish white.
The average live body weight of the Mature Narragansett Toms is around 10 to 12.7kg. And average live body weight of the mature hens is between 5.5 and 7.25kg. The bird can run quickly, can fly well, prefer to spend their nights roosting in trees.
Generally forage for insects, crickets and grasshoppers, can be raised with little supplemental feeds.
One amazing fact also its that this breed can tolerate almost all climate.
Benefits of Narragansett Turkey
This is a beautiful bird. It is mainly raised for meat production. But some people also raise them for ornamental purpose or as a hobby. Since it is a good egg producers, you can make income out of the sale of their eggs. They are good also at foraging for crickets, grasshoppers and other insects.
Which means in general, below are the Benefits of Narragansett Turkey;
• For Food
• Egg Producers
• Ornamental Purpose
• Source of generating Income
• Foraging for crickets, grasshoppers and other insects
Are Narragansett Turkey Good Pets
Asking the question ‘Are Narragansett Turkey Good Pets’ is a question that cannot be answered directly. Personally, I haven’t seen when anyone uses this bird as a pet. It is always used as a livestock but if you feel otherwise, you can let us know by dropping your thoughts in the comment section below.
Are Narragansett Turkey Good for Eating?
This bird is good for eating as mentioned in the header above, it is used for food. Narragansett Turkey is a highly nutritious bird therefore the consumption of it leaves your body with some quality nutritional benefits. If you haven’t given it a try, you should.
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