TURKEYS

2019 Hatch Weeks:   May 14,28; June 11, 25; July 9, 23; August 6

 

Our turkey breeder flocks were hit very hard by Buffalo Gnats at the end of May and all of June in 2013.  In the end we lost more than 65% of our adults.  The remainder had trouble recovering from massive blood loss and stress.  Thousands upon millions of Buffalo Gnats descended upon the pens each day late in the afternoon when there was no breeze, driving the birds nuts as the gnats crawled in the turkey’s ears and covered the exposed skin on the head, sucking blood.  This seriously impacted our numbers and plans.

 

NOTE:  No turkey poults will be shipped by us to the State of Minnesota.  We are very sorry, but your state Agriculture department requires over 6 blood tests that cannot be done realistically or economically around here.

 

If we are shipping your turkeys to a state which does not border on Iowa, you MUST request and pay for Express Mail Service.  Turkeys are just too fragile to take a chance on them taking three days for delivery.

 

Any who raises turkeys is aware of the issues, when raising chickens and turkeys together - that being the condition of blackhead (a complex disease that turkeys get from chickens).  Our sandy soil (good drainage) helped keep things in check for over 20 years, but our conditions have changed and we are now having periodic outbreaks.  (Please see Storey’s Guide To Raising Poultry (4th ed) for an explanation.

 

We dearly love our turkey flocks and are constantLy doing research on the benefits of raising chicks and poults together to prevent Marecks in chickens.  We will always continue to raise turkeys, but our poult supply will be variable.  When we started this operation in 1989 turkey genetic supplies were at an all time low and we felt pressured to do all we could to maintain and put all our efforts into perpetuation.  Fortunately, times have changed and there are now multiple sources for some.

 

Our new project will be to continue to select for the hardiest birds to withstand Blackhead.  Hopefully, we can do what has been labeled the impossible by the professionals and breeders - Blackhead resistant turkeys.

 

Super Assorted - 15 Turkeys for $120.00; or $9.00 each.  These can be 1 or 2 of each of any breeds from the list.  This is a good way to find out which best fits your needs.  Then order the specific breed you like next season.  Remember, you will receive a list of the contents with the shipment.  There will be ABSOLUTELY NO CHOICES in the assortment. SOLD OUT FOR 2019

 

There will be ABSOLUTELY NO CHOICES in the assortment.  WITH ALL THAT WAS GOING ON IN 2018 I WAS NOT ABLE TO SPEND THE TIME TO REBUILD THE FLOCKS SO WE WILL BE OFFERING ASSORTMENTS ONLY IN 2019 AND HOPEFULLY RETURN TO BREEDS  BY CHOICE IN 2020.

 

TURKEY BREEDS

 

Auburn - A chocolate color diluted with reddish tint.  From a distance they look like a chocolate that is off-color.  Close up the feathers are chocolate with faint red dots.  The wings are barred white and chocolate. We have maintained this breed since 1991.   (AVAILABLE IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY)

 

Black Spanish - Large, pure black turkey.  Dates back to one of the earliest selections from the Wild turkey. They are by far the most resistant to diseases and pests of any turkey breed we have raised over the past 30 years.  We have maintained this breed since 1989.

(AVAILABLE IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY)

Blue Slate - A slate blue-grey, medium sized breed.  Like all blue fowl, three types of offspring are produced - the blue slate which is blue with black, a black  and a soft blue almost splash color.  We have maintained this breed since 1989.

(AVAILABLE IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY)

Bronze, Wishard Strain - This is a true-breeding strain, not the common type found in feed mills.  They are the large birds people used to picture when they thought of turkeys.  We obtained this lien form Oregon State University in 1990. (AVAILABLE IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY)

Chocolate - Chocolate brown in color.  Day-old poults are white faced with chocolate bodies.  Very old variety, now back in decent numbers after nearly becoming extinct ten years ago.  Thanks to Paula Johnson for the work she put into this breed to help bring it back from the brink of extinction.  We have maintained this breed since 1991. (AVAILABLE IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY)

Narrangansett - Medium to large sized turkey with contrasting black and grey color.  Wing feathers are barred.  A very old breed.  Overall looks to be a rather silver color.  We have maintained this breed since 1989. (AVAILABLE IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY) 

Royal Palm - A striking color pattern of black and white.  Very attractive and showy.  They are a small breed. They are good flyers and are active. One year I had one hen fly out and nest in the  squash patch and raise her brood entirely off the range of garden and orchard  until  she brought them home to the  barn  as winter approached.   We have maintained  this breed since 1989. (AVAILABLE IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY)

 

White Holland - This is the true-breeding type, not what is sold as White turkeys in the feed mills.  These are a realistic size and capable of breeding without artificial insemination as the modern turkeys of today’s farms require.  Our strain pre-dates the modern recreations crossed with Brad  Breasted Whites.  We have been maintaining this line since 1989.

(AVAILABLE IN ASSORTMENTS ONLY)

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Sand Hill Preservation Center

Heirloom Seeds & Poultry

1878 230th Street

Calamus, IA 52729

563-246-2299

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