Male and female Narragansett Turkey

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An Introduction to Narragansett Turkeys

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The Narragansett turkey is a breed of Meleagris gallopavo which descends from a cross between the eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) and the domestic turkey. They are deemed to be a heritage turkey breed. They are known for their large size, meaty breasts, and distinctive orange coloration. The average adult male weighs between 6 and 8 pounds and females weigh around 4 pounds.


Narragansetts are raised primarily for meat production. They are also bred for their ability to produce large amounts of eggs. In addition to being delicious, they are also considered a good source of protein.


Narragansett Turkeys are often confused with other types of domestic turkeys. The differences between them include the shape of their head, the length of their legs, and the colour of their feathers.


The most obvious difference is that Narragansett turkeys have a shorter neck than standard breeds. This makes it easier for them to eat from feeders without having to bend down. Their heads are also more rounded than those of other breeds.


Their legs are longer as well. A typical male will measure about 15 inches long while a female will be around 13 inches long.


Narraganset turkeys are also distinguished by their unique colouring. Unlike other breeds, they do not have white feathers on their face or feet. Instead, they have dark brown feathers all over their bodies.


In addition to these physical characteristics, there are some behavioural traits that distinguish this breed from others. For example, Narragansett turkeys tend to walk slowly when they move around. They also prefer to spend time alone rather than with other birds.


If you want to learn how to sex a Narragansett turkey, then keep reading!


How to Tell the Sex of a Narragansett Turkey


If you’re interested in knowing how to tell the sex of an adult Narragansett turkey then read on. You’ll get step-by-step instructions on how to determine if a turkey is a boy or girl.


If you are interested in sexing a turkey chick then click here.


Before we begin, let me explain what I mean by sexing a turkey. When I say sexing a bird, I am referring to determining its gender. There are two different sexes: males and females.


Males are generally larger than females. They are usually darker coloured than females. They also have a deeper voice.

Male Narranansett Turkey showing his feathers


Females are smaller and lighter coloured than males. They also have a higher pitched voice.

You should know that even though males and females look very similar, they behave differently. Females lay eggs and care for their young. Males don’t lay eggs but they do fight with each other.


Male and female Narragansett Turkey


To determine the sex of a turkey, follow these steps:

1. Look at the breast area of the bird.

2. Find the largest feather on the back of the turkey.

3. Measure the distance from the tip of the longest feather to the end of the tail.

4. Compare this measurement to the chart below.

5. Based on the results, you should know whether the turkey is a boy or a girl.


Now you know how to tell the sex or gender of an adult Narragansett turkey!