Royal Palm Turkey
The Royal Palm has been in the United States since the 1920's in Florida, however it is possible they were bred from European breeds because of the similar characteristics between the English Pied, Crollwitzer and Ronquieres. The Palm color pattern is present in all three. On the other hand, The Royal Palm's color was not standardized till the 1920's. It was recognized by the APA in 1971. The plumage is in a distinct pattern; black rimmed tail, black back, black lined breast feathers, black beard, and white neck feathers. They have red wattles and red or blue heads. The toms weigh around 22 lbs while the hens weigh around 12 lbs. The Royal Palm is considered small compared to other varieties. Their personality is very active. They are great foragers.
These fowl are not in critical condition and are being watched. They were not bred for muscle or table qualities, but rather for ornamental and exhibition purposes. There is not big market for commercializing the Royal Palm but it is great for small family farms. They are a flight risk. They spotted tint and brown eggs.
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