It’s been a month since we brought our first batch of turkeys home for the season and I just realized that I have yet to introduce them to you!
Our turkey purchases were a bit more complicated this year than last in that the place we usually get our poultry from didn’t get their order due to a “very bad” happening at the Hatchery. I don’t know what happened, just that everyone at the feed store was shaking their heads and saying “very bad” over and over. When I asked if they thought future/scheduled orders would be coming in on time, no one knew for sure.
Given this uncertainty, we decided to head to another feed store closer to home to purchase a few baby turkeys just to be sure we’d have some! However, when we got there, they only had a lot of “Hatchery Choice” birds…which means you get what you get and no one really knows what breed they are until they grow up and show true.
We came home that day with a few brown babies and a few very light yellow babies, not knowing for sure what they were, but happy to have a few fluff balls to raise for Thanksgiving.
A week later, upon visiting my favorite feed store again (I can’t help myself this time of year), I was happily met with a very limited selection of turkeys, but a (labelled) selection none-the-less!
And so we came home with a few more fluff balls, this time knowing that they are Broad Breasted Bronzes and Artisan Golds!
The Artisan Gold is a rare breed that is small in size and slow growing. It has black feathers, unique colouring in the face and feet, long black legs, and a pronounced beak. The Artisan Gold thrives in a free-range or custom environment where it can express natural tendencies such as roaming and roosting. The Artisan Gold offers a robust, gamey taste that is exotically different from traditional turkeys currently in the market. With its unique and uncommon characteristics, the Artisan Gold is a standout on any farm or dinner table.
The Artisan Gold is reminiscent of a more traditional era, with old-world traditions and artisan values. With heritage tracing back to the Landes, Aquitaine region of France, the Artisan Gold is from a country renowned for its dedication to taste, uncompromising quality, and high standards.
(To note…I keep seeing Artisan and Artisian as spellings, but I think that Artisan is the correct spelling after all.)
Now, as we’ve watched our original few grow a bit, we’re certain there are two Broad Breasted Bronzes, but are still trying to figure out for sure what the other three might be. However, after posting the question to social media (Instagram and Facebook), I’m thinking they are probably Broad Breasted Whites!
So, as it stands right now, we have two Artisan Gold Turkeys, three Broad Breasted Bronze Turkeys, and three Broad Breasted White (?) Turkeys… which is, honestly, more than we planned to raise this year, but simply could not be helped 😉
Also, as can be seen in the picture below, E is still adapting to our ever-growing poultry situation. While she is definitely excited about them and wants to hold them and play with them, she gets a little scared by their flightiness and so generally tends to keep her distance.
There you have it, an official introduction 🙂