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rn ourbon Red Turkeys, also known as KentuckyrnRed and Bourbon Butternut Turkeys, were developed in BourbonrnCounty Kentucky, US in the late 1800's. They were developed by J. F. Barbee whorncrossbred Buff, Bronze, and White Holland Turkeys.

rn ourbon Red Turkeys have a light-gray beak, red to blueishrnwattles, a black beard, and pink legs and toes. Toms weigh around 23 lbs andrnhens weigh around14 lbs. They lay large potted cream and brown eggs.

The Bourbon Red Turkey breed was recognized by the APA in 1909.rnThey became popular because they have a large carcass with a rich flavor. Theyrnwere a popular commercial turkey between the 1930's and 40's. However, theyrnbecause less popular after broad-breasted turkey varieties were developed.

Recently Bourbon Red Turkeys have made a small comeback forrnresearch, due to their fitness, survivability, and meat flavor. They are consideredrna heritage breed and are still on the watch list by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. ourbon Red Turkeys are also included in thernSlow Food USA's Ark ofrnTaste, a catalog of heritage American foods in danger of extinction.

rn ourbon Red Turkeys are active and great for ornamental uses asrnwell as breeding. They are considered a handsome bird and great for backyard farming. rn

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