This very large bird was common in the southern U.S. and in France. The Chocolate turkey, logically named for its brown-colored feathers, shanks and feet, is a very rare breed whose history is “sketchy,” according to the description in its lineage. Apparently the Chocolate turkey thrived in France and the Southern US before the Civil War, but many breeders were lost during the war, which led to a dwindling number of that variety of turkey. Very rare breed.
Narragansett turkeys have traditionally been known for their calm disposition, good foragers, good maternal abilities, early maturation, egg production, and excellent meat quality. As recently as 50 years ago, they were well regarded for production qualities. This historic variety, unique to North America, merits evaluation for production in sustainable agriculture systems. The Narragansett turkey would make a useful and beautiful addition to the family farm.