Royal Palm turkey
The Royal Palm is a breed of domestic turkey. One of the few turkeys not primarily selected for meat production, the Royal Palm is best known as an ornamental bird with a unique appearance, largely white with bands of metallic black. Primarily kept as an exhibition bird, or on small farms, it lacks the size for large scale commercial use. Toms usually weigh 16 to 22 lbs and the hens 10 to 12 lbs.
A relative newcomer among turkey breeds, the bird first appeared in the 1920s on a farm in Lake Worth, Florida, apparently as a cross between Black, Bronze, Narragansett, and native turkeys. Years of selective breeding followed to stabilize the coloring, and the Royal Palm was finally accepted by the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection in 1971. In Europe, a turkey with similar coloration is sometimes called the Cröllwitzer, Pied, or Black-laced White.
- Breed Size: Small to medium
- Weight: Tom-7.25 to 10 kg, Hen -4.5 to 5.5 kg
- Climate Tolerance: Almost all climates
- Color: White with sharply contrasting metalic black edging on the feathers
- Rarity: Common
- Country/Place of Origin: United Kingdom
The Royal Palm turkeys are relatively smaller sized birds with very beautiful appearance. They are mainly white in coloration with sharply contrasting metalic black edging on the feathers. The saddle is black, which provides a contrast against the white base color of body plumage.
- Turkeys eat a lot more than chickens or guinea fowl. Our feed bill has increased drastically since adding just three adult turkeys to our flock.
- Raising domestic turkeys is very similar to raising chickens: they eat basically the same diet, require the same safety precautions, lay beautiful fresh eggs, have a yearly molt and love to take dust baths.
- Royal Palm turkeys average weight is between 10-15 pounds, making them a medium sized breed that is easier to handle.
- You can train fairly wild turkeys to eat out of your hands with dried mealworms and millet seeds. They also love treats like romaine lettuce, grapes, and cabbage.
The Royal Palm turkeys are active, thrifty and excellent foragers. They are also very good flyers. The toms are noted for being non-aggressive, and the hens are particularly very good mothers. The hens lay pale cream to medium brown eggs with spotting. The breed has not been purposefully selected for meat production. It is rather raised mainly as an exhibition bird, and also raised on small farms.
Royal Palm Turkey Characteristics. The Royal Palm turkeys are relatively smaller sized birds with very beautiful appearance. They are mainly white in coloration with sharply contrasting metalic black edging on the feathers. The saddle is black, which provides a contrast against the white base color of body plumage.
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