- Bourbon Red Turkey
The Bourbon Red Turkey is a rare breed of the heritage turkey and was admitted into the American Standard of Perfection in 1909. Developed in Pennsylvania and taken to Kentucky with the long rifle, this breed later was given the name Bourbon Red from its popularity from Bourbon County, Kentucky. The Bourbon Red turkey is another of the turkeys with a beautiful color pattern and makes a good farm and backyard turkey.
We can not ship turkeys to Hawaii.
Check out our blog "Keeping Turkeys with Chickens"
PLEASE NOTE: This availability chart is updated periodically and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
We schedule all orders to ship ASAP when the entire order is available. If you would like to delay your order, you can specify your delay date at checkout.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Weights: Hen-----14 lbs Tom----23 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Egg Laying and Meat; Exhibition
- Egg Color: Off White with brown specks
- Egg Production: Poor
- Egg Size: Large to Extra Large
- Temperment: Active
- Gender Accuracy: 100%
- Fertility Percentage: 60-75%
- Broody: Setters
- Mating Ratio: 7 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 2+ feet
- Country of Origin: North America
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the Standard of Perfection
- ALBC: Watch Status, considered a Sustainable Heritage Turkey Breed.
- Breeder Farm Source: "Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm" developing our bloodline or strain of Bourbon Red Turkey Breed since 1978.
My Favorite Bird! Review by MelissaMiko
One of my Bourbon Red Tom's is my most favorite bird. Caicos is extremely personable and interactive. He looks in my doors and windows for me to throw him dried mealworms, and interacts with my kids and indoor cats. Such a doll! Would definitely recommend. (Posted on 11/11/2019)
Happy with our replacements Review by JDsanja
We ordered Narragansett but there was an issue the day of pick-up, so the hatchery let us choose from other breeds. We got 1 blue Slate and the rest Red Bourbons. We have lost a couple along the way, but it is expected. Our remaining 2 Tom's and 3 hens are getting big, but still fly like eagles haha. No fence will hold them. We love them! Thanksgiving is coming up, and this will be our first year to slaughter our own farm raised turkey, and it's all thanks to cackle! Next year, we hope to allow the remaining Tom to breed with the hens. There is 1 blue Slate so it will be interesting to see what their poults look like lol. (Posted on 11/8/2019)
Healthy Poults Review by Jon
We received our order today and everyone was alert and healthy looking. We ordered 6 and got one extra :) Can't wait to watch these guys grow (Posted on 5/7/2019)
Doing Wonderful! Review by Susan from Michigan
My 4 bourbon reds are doing great! I think I have 3 male and 1 female. They are 4 months old now and I just started letting them out to free range during the day. Hoping and praying they don't fly away! Thanks again!! (Posted on 8/17/2018)
Bourbon Red's Review by Big Valley Dave
to all workers of Cackle thank you for the Bourbon Reds i ordered they are show turkeys here in southern ohio the poultey club begged me to show a few of the bourbon reds.folks am ordering in 2018.until then be safe (Posted on 9/1/2017)
Friends and feathers Review by Jamie
Bought 3 Bourbons from this hatchery along with 3 Blues, I find myself adoring the both but especially Bourbons, as they are very ppl oriented. At 2 weeks old, July 10th, they will fly at my arms as soon as the door is opened. They love to climb up and sit, enjoying their rubs. There is no fear in them. They do not startle or react as my Blues do, but are far more out going. (Posted on 7/10/2017)
Ordered 4 Bourbon Turkeys Review by Chris H.
Very happy with my order. The birds arrived alive and very healthy. Two months later and they are still thriving. Excellent packaging through the mail. I was very concerned about that, but no problem. Thank you for these beautiful birds. Happy Customer!!! (Posted on 6/2/2017)
Wonderful Turkeys! Review by Sam
I am so happy with the bourbon reds I received from you. I ordered 7 and you sent an extra for a total of 8. All 8 today are doing fabulous and growing so fast. I cant wait to see how many hens and toms I get. I will definitely be ordering from you again. (Posted on 5/1/2017)
Wonderful birds Review by Elizabeth in Georgia
We love our now-adult Bourbon Reds. Our hens are friendly, and our tom doesn't care to be touched, but he actually guards us from our rooster, who likes to plot ambushes. These are healthy, beautiful birds. (Posted on 4/10/2017)
All arrived alive and healthy Review by Micah
Ordered ten turkeys and 5 bantams. I was a little nervous because this was my first time with turkeys and I had read all over the internet that they are fragile in their first week of life. Nevertheless ten turkeys and six bantams. I only ordered 5 bantams but you sent me one extra just in case. Great, healthy birds.
(Posted on 5/10/2016)
Order arrival Review by Dan Texas May 2009
A quick note to let you know the chicks arrived 5/6/09 in great condition! If you shipped on the 5th that was an overnight delivery. (Posted on 12/18/2015)
To whom it may concern Review by Stuart Alabama June 2009
This morning i received all my chicks In a healthy vigorous state. For this I say Thank You!! Being in construction, I understand when things occur beyond our control, things are unseen and mistakes are made, When this occurs it is the followup that makes all of the difference to the customer. Well this followup has made all of the difference to me. This has made, in my eyes, Cackle Hatchery a superior company that I will certainly look to for my future orders. Once again.... Thank You for a job that started off rocky but ended up well done!!! (Posted on 12/18/2015)
My order of broilers and turkeys Review by Ryan Tennessee May 2013
I ordered and received 30 Cornish X chicks, Red Ranger chicks and Bourbon Red poults. Thus far i am a few weeks into brooding them and have been happy with the birds I bought from you and will certainly buy from you again. (Posted on 11/27/2015)
Thanks! Review by Elizabeth Maine March 2014
I want to tell you how much I like the qualities of your birds and their eggs. I hope that I will have many more amazing years with your chickens! THANK YOU! (Posted on 11/18/2015)
Thanks! Review by Ryan Arkansas June 2011
We received our shipment of cayugas, turkeys and rouens today in Arkansas. I appreciate your swift response and beautiful birds! Thanks again! (Posted on 11/4/2015)
Dear Folks at Cackle Hatchery Review by Joann Nevada May 2011
Our turkeys and chickens arrived today at the post office. They made it just fine...all but one turkey. And I think you sent an extra chick. They are in their brooder boxes and such and are doing fine. I want to thank all of you for your work and patience with me as a first time buyer and I look forward to doing business with you in the future. (Posted on 11/4/2015)