Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics
Breed of light turkeys. Very rustic and with a marked hatching attitude. Turkeys can be assigned twenty chicken eggs, thirty guinea fowl or pheasant eggs, ten goose and eighteen turkey.
They manage to successfully complete even 4 or 5 consecutive broods, remaining on the nest more than 100 days in total. Breed very suitable for the natural or organic breeding of turkey or other poultry species using turkeys as natural incubators.
The female lays approximately 70-100 eggs per cycle (slightly pinkish shell, average weight 70-85 grams)
Sexual maturity is reached at seven months in both males and females. The duration of the incubation is 28 days.
- adult males 6-7 kg
- adult females 3-3.5 kg
Chest, neck, shoulders, rump of bright black color with intense bronze reflections that recall the color of the rainbow.
The feathers that cover the shoulders and the lateral ones of the chest have an intense black velvety color in the males which in the females can be dark brown.
The color of the wing coverts is bright black-brown with a lighter lighter border.
All the feathers of the shoulders and the back up to the tail must have a bronzed band with reflections from golden to purple red one-two centimeters wide.
This band is present up to the end of the pen which ends with a narrow strip of velvety black and brown-brown, with the part relating to the latter wider coloring
The wings are decorated with a large bronzed olive green transversal band and end with a bright black velvety band. The basic coloring of the remiges is gray white crossed by sharp and regular black stripes. The feathers of the tail are very wide, black brown with black bands and in the distal part they end with a bar one-two centimeters wide followed by a strip from dark gray to golden brown. The darker this strip, the better the subject. On the coverts of the tail the bronzed band must be present in the male and must also be sought in the female. The feathers of the legs are black and have a bronze plaque towards the one-two centimeter wide end, in the male they end with a velvety black hem, while in the female it is brown in color. Black down jacket. In young subjects the coloration of the tarsi is dark brown while in adult subjects it varies from red to purple, the nails are lighter. White skin.
Absence of bronzed brilliance; wing feathers without drawing; coloring of the chest of the turkey too light; completely black coloring of the back of the turkey without bronzed reflections.
Source: Veneto Agriculture
Male of Bronzed Common Turkey
Pair of turkeys: on the left female Bronzed municipality, on the right male Bronzed red wing