Woodland Bronze Turkeys ™
The Hogan’s Farm Traditional Free Range Woodland Bronze™ are part of our Charlesfort Turkey Range.
We have the Charlesfort Whites and the Traditional Free Range Woodland Bronze.
These turkeys are named after Charlesfort Estate ( where Hogan's Farm is based) and the Woodland Bronze follow suit as they live in and around the grass and woodlands surrounding Charlesfort Estate.
A slow rearing turkey breed, this particular bronze breed is from a strain of the Original American Wild Black Turkey.
These turkeys are the oldest and longest matured turkeys on the island of Ireland.
By Christmas, the Woodland Bronze will be at least seven months old not 10-12 weeks like some other turkeys.
The length of time given to the Woodland Bronze allows them to mature naturally over a much longer period this along with their breeding,
adds to the overall flavour and quality of the turkey.
The Woodland Bronze have the highest department of Agriculture certification - Traditional Free Range.
A number of key points seperate the differences between these turkeys and other free range including their breed and length of rearing period but the most unique feature is that the Woodland Bronze live outside all day and night .
From one day old up to six weeks of age our Woodland Bronze are carefully cared for in their own heated shed.
Where little by little we bring them outside to explore the vast grass and woodlands to which they will call home.
From about six weeks old they become used to their outdoor surroundings and leave their shed for good to live all day and night with the total freedom to roam
their natural outdoor surroundings 24 hours a day.
Our Woodland with its mature oak, beech and chestnut trees along scattered openings is the ideal home for the Woodland Bronze.
You can find these happy turkeys perched along the grassbanks from dusk to dawn where not a peep is heard.
Once dawn arises, you can hear their chirps and gobbles whilst they fly off the banks to go explore for the day.
The Woodland Bronze are fed a varied diet. Along with the normal turkey cereal based diet ,which contain all the vitamins and nutrients they require, they also feed off the natural pastures , foraging from forest floor feeding off the follage and on the berries from the holly trees.
To keep life a little interesting , we plant kale and give them treats such as apples and carrots which they absolutely love.
Visually , we think these turkeys are some of the best looking birds around !
Their body feathers are generally dark brown overall with a coppery sheen that becomes more obvious as they grow older.
Unlike the domesticated standard white turkeys but like all wild turkey, the Woodland bronze can fly.
Flying close to the ground and short distances they are quite agile fliers. Early in the morning and late in the evening before sunset are the best times to see this spectacle.
As we want the Woodland Bronze to live and grow in their natural environment we only rear in small numbers for Thanksgiving and Christmas, hence a limited quantity available.
Our most exclusive breed to date, the Woodland Bronze are available to order online for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as being available in some of our select butchers .
You can order yours here...