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© 2018 DIAMOND B RANCH

Warner Springs, CA

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Thanksgiving Turkeys

Heritage & Broad Breasted

We raise both heritage and broad breasted turkeys on the ranch. Heritage breeds are traditional breeds, the ones our grandparents knew. Broad breasted have been bred for certain characteristics over the years to produce a larger turkey, prized for it's breast meat. This is the breed that most people are familiar with at the grocery store. We raise both breeds together in the same manner with sunshine and fresh greens.

Bourbon Red Turkeys

The bourbon red turkey is a heritage breed hailing from Kentucky. They are the most stunningly beautiful of the heritage breed turkeys and the plumage that most people think of. Miguel is our tom. He is the most gentle and good natured animal on the ranch. He is frequently found strutting in the yard and following the kids around while they play.

All of the bourbon reds we offer are his offspring. Heritage breeds have a few abilities that broad breasted do not. One of those is the ability to breed naturally. Broad Breasted turkeys grow so large, that they cannot effectively breed and the hens are artificially inseminated. Miguel doesn't have that problem and frequently demonstrated his abilities (usually in front of a crowd much to our chagrin)

We hatch their eggs, and offer up those turkeys for live sales and processed thanksgiving birds.

Bourbon Red Quick Numbers

Bourbon Reds make a delicious smaller Thanksgiving bird. The flavor is much deeper, but not gamey. This is due to how active these birds are running up and down hillsides and flying over fences (yes they can fly!)

Typical weights:

6 -8 pounds for hens

12-17 pounds for toms.

Since we hatch these ourselves, we have no control over how many hens or toms we have.

 

Deposits of $40 are required to hold your bird. After that the cost is $5.00 per pound, less your deposit.

Additionally your deposit gives you access to the Egg to Table Club where you'll be sent updates about your bird and gain insight on how we raise them, their feed, and daily life.

Broad Breasted Turkeys

Most people are familiar with the Broad Breasted Turkey. It's the most commercially available bird and what people have grown to expect for their Thanksgiving feast. These birds have been bred over the last century to grow larger breast meat, with smaller feed rations, and quickly as possible.

Unfortunately due to their size they cannot breed naturally and are hatched from hens that were artificially inseminated. We purchase our week old poults (baby turkeys) from reputable local hatcheries and grow them on from there.

So what makes our broad breasted so special? We raise them just like the heritage breeds. In the sunshine and with fresh greens. Most turkeys raised commercially will never actually see sunshine, let alone grass and native vegetation. Our birds truck themselves up and down the hillside trying to keep up with their cousins. We feed them fresh veggies for treats, give lots of neck scratches, and treat them with the utmost respect.

Broad Breasted Quick Numbers

These are the typical Thanksgiving bird. They are large and prized for their delicious white meat. The size is ideal for a larger family gathering

Typical weights:

16-20 pounds for hens

20-25 pounds for toms.

 

Deposits of $40 are required to hold your bird. After that the cost is $5.00 per pound, less your deposit.

Additionally your deposit gives you access to the Egg to Table Club where you'll be sent updates about your bird and gain insight on how we raise them, their feed, and daily life.

How To Order

Deposits are only accepted during May from May 1st until May 31. After that, all birds are held until November for a second deposit window from November 1st until the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. These birds sell out every year, don't miss your chance!

Pick up day is the Sunday before Thanksgiving during our annual barn sale. Turkeys must be picked up at the ranch on this day.

Sign up below to be notified when we open for deposits in May or November. All buyers who place a deposit in May will be added to the Egg to Table Club. November orders will not. We will email you a link to make your deposit online. Please let us know if you want to pay with cash so we can make arrangements.

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