Jennifer May Bryant won first place with this photo of her Royal Palm Tom Turkey. As first place winner, Jennifer has won a $100 gift certificate.
The turkey in the photo is about 2 years old and is one that Jennifer purchased from Murray McMurray Hatchery as part of a Barnyard Special. Jennifer said:
We raise these for pets, and our sons have shown them in 4-H Club. We were very pleased with this breed because they have great personalities and are some of the prettiest turkeys to look at. They also are good layers, they breed naturally and they can hatch their own eggs. These are also very gentle birds, and they have always been good with the children and other animals.
We purchased a 24 acre property over 7 years ago, and we were so excited to finally have a place to raise poultry, that we had our chickens ordered from McMurray Hatchery before we even had a house. We did however have a chicken coop. We purchased an old travel trailer and converted into a large free- range chicken coop. After looking through the catalog for weeks we ordered somewhere around 50 chicks for our first order.
[The turkey in the photo] won Best in Show at the 4-H Youth Fair, and he was in the newspaper when they ran the story about the fair.
They always draw quite a crowd at the shows. We do give them a bath before shows which is a lot of fun. A bathing suit is mandatory because you just end up totally soaked! In general these are sweet and friendly birds.
The females enjoy riding on our carts when we are cleaning pens or feeding. They just jump right up there and when you start moving they ride along.
Once, one of the young female Royal Palm Turkeys (they fly short distances when they are young) was roosting up on top of the free range coop. As I was going into the coop to collect eggs she flew down and landed right on my head. At first I wondered if an eagle was trying to carry me off, but thankfully it was just a Royal Palm turkey hen that was apparently very excited to see me and her breakfast (needless to say, I did not need a second cup of coffee that day).
They really seem to enjoy people and have been a lot more intelligent than I had expected.
Pepper McCarty won second place with this photo of a Rio Grande Turkey and received as a prize a $50 gift certificate.
The McCarty’s have raised this turkey for 5-6 years, and there’s an interesting story behind him:
We actually “found” him. Quite a story. My husband is a landscape contractor in Dallas, TX, and he showed up on one of the properties he maintains. (High dollar, estate-type residence). Not the neighborhood you’d be raising poultry in. And not close enough to the “wild” to have wandered in. (I know he has a story to tell, but he’s not talking!) Long story short, the homeowner said he had been there several days, hanging out on the outdoor furniture. My husband and his crew caught him and relocated him back to our yard, where he hangs with the ladies.
Richard Wilberforce won third place with his photo of a male Gambel Quail. His prize is a $25 gift certificate.
Richard sent us this comment about the photo and his experience raising game birds:
The quail is approximately two years old. I raised him from an egg. I retired from managing one of the largest game bird farms in North America and can’t get raising them out of my blood. It’s only a hobby now and between game birds and poultry I raise about two hundred a year. I raise Afghanistan Pheasants, Bobwhites, Scaled Quail, Gambels, and ten breeds of poultry.
Other Photo Contests
To see information and announcements about our other poultry-related photo contests, visit the link below:
They are gorgeous turkeys; the owner should be proud
Boy, all these birds are beautiful. But that Royal Palm, I gotta get one. :) Everybody really took real good care of these birds. Thank you for sharing. :)
The bird that got first place in the Male Poultry category is a beautiful turkey. Wish I had some good egg-laying hens and a turkey as a hobby, but I have to wait until I retire from Sanderson Farms to raise chickens and a turkey. In other words, I don’t know if I can get someone to take care of my poultry while I am at work. I work 2nd shift. I love chickens-and now, turkeys.
Wow! I had never seen a black and white turkey before. I wish I could have one, but we are into chickens and awaiting our first order from McMurray Hatchery. Maybe later. Congrats! Judy & Charlie
The turkeys are just beautiful. One of my favorite pets growing up was a female turkey that was so smart she put most high school grads to shame. I think next year we have to add turkeys to our suburban farm.
Beautiful turkeys! I like the story of the Royal Palm. It’s good for people to realize that turkeys are friendly, social, and comical birds and lots of fun as pets, not just food for Thanksgiving day!
Beautiful birds and good work! Loved the pictures!
The birds were all great. I’m getting a property in Oregon of 160 + acres, half hardwood, half meadow. I’m going to raise turkey, pheasant, and quail
from your hatchery plus duck and geese. The place is 1/4 mile off the Columbia river and has a 2 acre lake and stream Perfect. Expect a order in the next few months after I settle in.
Wow that Royal Palm Turkey is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or should I say handsome, lol. We raised bronze breasted and were thinking of Bourbon Reds for next year, this photo and story changed our minds :)
Congrats to all who won!!
Those birds are just magnificent!!! Such gorgeous turkeys!!! I’m going to get some for myself. Awesome job people!!! Wow!!