Bourbonnais Black Turkey (Dindon du Bourbonnais)

The Bourbonnais Black Turkey, or simply the ‘Bourbonnais Turkey’, is a breed of completely black domesticated fowls that originated in France. Being a relatively smaller variety, they are gradually becoming famous. They are a fast growing and very hardy breed. Also, at times, the Bourbonnais may show a few brown feathers at the back. The Bourbonnais turkeys are lively and vigorous, and need farms or poultries that have plenty of space.

Bourbonnais Black Turkey
Bourbonnais Black Turkey

Quick Information

Characteristics Average to small size bird that looks very similar to the Black Turkey of Sologne, but are less heavy and more elegant; both males and females have an overall sturdy look; the tursy is dark in color but gradually lightens with age (or at times becomes rosy)
Plumage Pitch black feathers with metallic sheen
Beard Yes; red in color hanging loosely from the head and throat
Temperament Docile, vagabond-natured, easy to tame
Purposes Meat, ornamental purposes
Popular Traits Hardy and extremely resistant and can stay outdoors in extreme weather conditions including rains and snow
Egg Production Large eggs; Good layers with over 60 eggs every year
Meat Production Extremely fine and delicate quality; 7-13 kg of meat (live market weight)
Diet Fruits, breads, chicken pellets, all types of grains, and plants like nettles; they also prefer live foods like insects, and also mice and young rats; domestic chicks are often fed with eggs, buttermilk and mealworms
Size Adult Tom: 10-13 kg
Adult Hen: 7-8 kg
Country of Origin France
Dindon du Bourbonnais
Dindon du Bourbonnais

History

This breed was produced in the Bourbonnais region of France (Duché de Bourbon), from which it got its name. Not much is known about their origin though, but they are thought to have been brought to France in the early 16th century by the Jesuits.

Bourbonnais Black Turkey Pictures
Bourbonnais Black Turkey Pictures
Dindon du Bourbonnais Pictures
Dindon du Bourbonnais Pictures

Interesting Facts

  • They are able to prey upon rodents and reptiles, including snakes.
  • Birds with the sign of any other color in the feathers other than black are disqualified.

Video: Bourbonnais Turkey Farming

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