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Bronze Turkeys also known as Cambridge Bronze Turkeys, are domestic turkey whose plumage hasrnan iridescent bronze-like sheen.

rn ronze turkeys were developed by crossing domestic turkeysrnbrought from England, with wild turkeys. These matings produced a bird that wasrnlarger and more robust than the European turkeys, and tamer than wild turkeys. Although ronze turkeys were created in the 18th century, the actual name was not usedrnuntil the 1830s, when a strain developed in the U.S. was named the Point Judith ronze. The name later spread to be used in reference to the breed as a whole and was in the process simplified to just "Bronze". In the Britain the Bronze was associated with Cambridge, and was called the Cambridge Bronze but again this name has been simplified to just "Bronze".

rn ronze Turkeys were first admitted into the American PoultryrnAssociation's Standard of Perfection in 1874. Later, beginning in the late 19thrnand early 20th centuries, some Bronze turkeys were selected for larger size. Thesernmuch bigger birds became known as the Broad Breasted Bronze, to differentiaternthem from the original type of bird which was bred to the breeds' Standard ofrnPerfection, and so was called the Standard (or Unimproved) Bronze.

The plumage of the Standard Bronze is usually lighter and morernlustrous than that of the Broad Breasted. Both have a brown color which isrnhighlighted by shades of copper and blue-green, and the plumage overall is veryrnsimilar to that of the wild turkey.

rn road Breasted Bronze Turkeys dominated the commercial turkeyrnindustry for twenty years after its development, until the Broad Breasted Whiternbecame the breed of choice. Due to their size, they have lost the ability tornmate naturally, and Broad Breasted Bronzes in existence today are maintainedrnentirely by artificial insemination. Standard Bronze Turkeys, however, havernretained the ability to reproduce naturally and are considered to be a varietyrnof heritage turkey.

Today both Standard and Broad Breasted Bronze Turkeys are listed on the ALBC'srnconservation priority list. The Standard is listed as "Critical", butrnthe exact numbers of Broad Breasted are currently unclear. Standard Bronzesrnhave additionally been included in Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste, a catalog ofrnheritage foods in danger of extinction.

In 1935 the Orlopp family purchased 400 bronze eggs from arnfarm in Washington State. The birds that produced these eggs originated inrnEngland and were exported to Canada before arriving in the United States. ThernOrlopp family continued to focus on breeding and management techniques to growrnthe finest quality birds. To further enhance the breed, the family acquiredrnanother bronze breed in 1954. Since purchasing this breed in 2005, Hybrid Turkeysrnhave worked to preserve and strengthen the Orlopp breed by merging the bestrntraits of the two bronze lines. That breed is now called ‘Orlopp Bronze’.



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