Bourbon Red Turkey

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  • Bourbon Red Turkey – Sold as Baby Poults Only – No Sexing Available

Seasonal/Shipped April thru Late July.

Your total order requires ANY 3 birds to ship.


Breed Facts

  • Poultry Show Class: Turkeys
  • 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
  • Temperament: Active
  • 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 in 1909
  • Breeder Farm Source:Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm” developing our bloodline or strain of Bourbon Red Turkey Breed since 1978.


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.

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20 reviews for Bourbon Red Turkey

  1. nkuhl1

    We received a red bourbon hen in our surprise box in April 2022. She has been a great pet, gentle, affectionate, sings us songs but also not afraid to complain to us when she’s unhappy about something. She starting laying eggs about 6 weeks ago and has been producing quite well. Keeping up with the chickens. We are surprised and pleased! Overall, pleased with all our birds from our mini surprise box!

  2. arndtcole2 (verified owner)

    I drove to cackle and picked up my turkeys in april. All are still alive, healthy and growing very fast. They’re very inquisitive birds and do not shy away from me as other chickens and ducks do at their age. I hope they keep this friendly attitude as they’re going to be pets. Thank you very much for the quality birds.

  3. Laurel Bowen (verified owner)

    I have used Cackle Hatchery for several years now and have always been impressed with the quality and vigor of the chickens and ducks. This year was my first foray into turkeys and the Bourbon Red arrived in great shape and are very vigorous. Thanks again, Cackle for your high standards and excellent service.

  4. Squirrel

    White / black heritage turkeys

    Always get exactly what I ordered from tackle hatchery always arrive healthy ,thank you for such great service and communication

  5. MelissaMiko

    My Favorite Bird!

    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.

  6. JDsanja

    Happy with our replacements

    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.

  7. Jon

    Healthy Poults

    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

  8. Susan from Michigan

    Doing Wonderful!

    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!!

  9. Big Valley Dave

    Bourbon Red’s

    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

  10. Jamie

    Friends and feathers

    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.

  11. Chris H.

    Ordered 4 Bourbon Turkeys

    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!!!

  12. Sam (verified owner)

    Wonderful Turkeys!

    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.

  13. Elizabeth in Georgia

    Wonderful birds

    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.

  14. Micah

    All arrived alive and healthy

    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.

  15. Dan Texas May 2009

    Order arrival

    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.

  16. Stuart Alabama June 2009

    To whom it may concern

    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!!!

  17. Ryan Tennessee May 2013

    My order of broilers and turkeys

    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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. Joann Nevada May 2011

    Dear Folks at Cackle Hatchery

    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.

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