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Selecting Your Best Turkeys for Breeding
As part of its Master Breeder program, The Livestock Conservancy has worked with several renowned turkey breeders to develop these materials on Selecting Your Best Turkeys for Breeding. Learn from the experts how to select and evaluate birds. By preserving and codifying this knowledge, we can help conserve these birds for the next generation.
  • Chapter 1 - Definition and History of Heritage Turkeys
    What are Heritage Turkeys? Why are they important? What's the history of domesticated turkeys and their development in the United States? Who were key judges and influential breeders?
  • Chapter 2 - Proper Conformation of the Birds
    Learn the general conformation of Heritage Turkeys. What characteristics should you be looking for in birds? What traits should be selected for, and which should be culled?
  • Chapter 3 - Evaulating Breeding Stock
    When and how do you evaluate breeding stock? What traits should you look for in breeder birds? What are the key points for selecting the best turkeys for breeding?
  • Chapter 4 - Preparing for Your First Year of Breeding
    Discover what to expect your first year of breeding. Learn how to prepare for breeding season, how to care for the birds, and more.