Not to be mistaken for the Broad Breasted Bronze turkey, the Heritage (Standand) Bronze turkey has been around for most of American History. It originated by crossing the Wild Eastern Turkey with the domesticated turkeys brought over by early European Colonists. The cross resulted in a vigorous, larger turkey than the one brought over by the colonists and was tamer than the wild Eastern turkey. Colored the same as the Broad Breasted Bronze turkey they were known in the early 1700s but did not take the name of Bronze until in the 1800’s. It was recognized into the American Poultry Association in 1874.
The Heritage (Standard) Bronze took a back seat when the Broad Breasted Bronze became the commercialized favorite breed; however there were dedicated breeders who kept the Heritage (Standard) Bronze turkey alive with their efforts. The Heritage (Standard) Bronze is a longer living, slower growing turkey than the Broad Breasted Bronze; but is able to breed naturally and is very good at foraging. This makes them a favorite of the homesteader or family farmer. The average weight of a Heritage (Standard) Bronze tom is 25 lbs and the young turkey hen is 16 lbs, this can vary either way depending on turkey and feed. Cackle Hatchery® is proud to offer this turkey for your selection, the Bronze Standard turkey.
I ordered 8 turkeys last year and they all were wonderful birds. One decided she was a house pet and she's sticking around for another season. Very healthy and loving with so much character. Thank you all so much for providing such excellent birds. (Posted on 2/6/2018)
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I could not be more pleased with my 1st order from Cackle love all my chicks but especially the turkeys (Posted on 7/22/2016)
Just a customer message Review by Mark Illinois February 2014
I have ordered through Cackle Hatchery for the past few years and have been very happy with the service. This spring (2016), I expect to be raising chickens and turkeys. I am overwintering some standard bronze turkeys and hoping that they will reproduce this spring. This year we raised 30 turkeys to slaughter and I am hoping to do about the same next season. (Posted on 1/14/2016)