Domestic Birds

Bourbon Turkeys

The Bourbon Turkey or Bourbon Red Turkeys is a domestic turkey named for its unique reddish plumage and for Bourbon County, Kentucky. Formerly, it has been referred to as Kentucky Reds and Bourbon Butternuts.

This turkey originated in Kentucky and Pennsylvania in the late 1800s and was created by crossing Buff, Standard Bronze, and White Holland turkeys.

It was first recognized as a turkey variety by the American Poultry Association in 1909.


Mature Bourbon Red Turkeys toms weigh 33 pounds (15 kilos), and mature hens weigh 18 pounds (8.2 kilos).

Its feathers are a dark chestnut base color, with whitetails and flight feathers.


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