Lilly, Butterball and the flock of jealous onlookers....
Welcome to the World!
We offer our birds and place rescue birds to pet homes at no charge.
(repeat pet homes)
Welcome! This site is committed to sharing information & recommendations about the care and nurturing of pet turkeys
– If you wish to acquire or have acquired some of our Free Heritage Turkeys: the information provided at this site has been gleaned from personal observations of domesticated turkey behavior, breeding, nesting, incubation and coop design. Consider this an unscientific reference guide of tips and theories to help anyone with the challenge of rearing back yard turkeys.
Back yard companions
Why this website?
--Lack of information on the Internet!
Had to amend that statement as (times have changed since I began searching the net)
BackYard Chicken and some of the Facebook turkey groups have amazingly good information-especially on the subject of diseases.
Still..... many of the other pages I have read on the internet are weak in information (The google answer page on turkeys is still repeating the nonsense about turkey drowning in the rain)
And quality scientific data produced by colleges and companies focuses on raising and butcher turkeys in three months. (not the information I needed)
Only recently I found a good source of information about raising turkeys but within two paragraphs (to my horror) the author was describing the process of burning the beaks off of baby turkeys!
(The reason for the beak and toe mutilation is overcrowding at some (or most) farms or facilities)
If your obligation is to burn the beaks off of these little cuties -please leave.
Like us, many people have searched the Internet in frustrating attempts to answer questions about our pet turkeys. To our disappointment, most internet search results were subjects such as “Jerked Turkey and rice” “How to deep fry a Turkey” “Turkey farming 15,000 birds” and of course “Turkey Hunting” and “Turkey Calls.”
Mini disclaimer: I’m not a hypocrite; I like jerked turkey & understand the requirement for the massive factory type turkey farms. And was at one time an avid turkey hunter.
However over and over, people ask me or email the same questions about space, feed, interaction and so I created this site to help the backyard hobbyist who currently own or wish to acquire a small number of friendly turkeys.
Hopefully our information and stories can go a little way to help people successfully raise pet turkeys while spreading the word about the endearing, even surprising and remarkable qualities of America’s largest native bird.
Newly hatched poults, I'm getting ready to move them from the outside nest of a secure pen
Turkeys see in color and much of their communication is not verbal coloring
(think blushing in people)
Brevard County Florida, a few miles southwest of Kennedy Space Center.
We maintain a “not for profit” hobby turkey flock and limited bird rescue. We are not a hatchery. We do not sell or kill our birds; we are not a business -even though it’s true that our “Free Range” Organic turkeys that we give away could be sold for surprising amounts of money during the holiday feasts.
We simply enjoy the amazing turkey & enjoy their interaction with us or Florida’s nature. The turkey yelp, the cluck, the gobble and whine all have a place in our hearts!
Our back yard flock of Free Range Heritage turkeys provides us with hours of entertainment, affection & companionship, manure (fertilizer) for our organic gardens, limited eggs for cooking and feathers for arrow fletching.
In return we provide our birds plenty of food, a safe home, large maple and oak trees to roost at night and generous open free range space to graze. Finally we provide a “no kill zone” (we do not eat our pets)
Free Heritage Turkeys to pet homes! The consequences of a healthy and happy flock and long hatching season are …babies, lots of babies….. For the past fifteen years we have raised and given away nearly 200 birds each season as well as hundreds of fertile eggs
YES we gave away the birds away at no charge, to pet homes only; furthermore we also placed rescued turkeys and chickens to new homes. We have limited space for rescue birds, but we help when we can.
Winter storm and a warm towel!
Finally: perhaps you may enjoy a few of our personal stories of interactions with our back yard turkey pets. If you take nothing from this site, read the heartwarming story of “Bobbles” The turkey who loved to dance”.
Please review "Reasons not to have turkeys" before obtaining some of these backyard companions.
Need baby turkeys by mail???
If you do wish to (or need to) order poults by mail or wish learn about the genetics and color variation of Heritage Turkeys, visit the following astonishing website: