The number of heritage turkeys in Canada is unknown as there has never been a census and no system of registration exists as there is for sheep or cattle. However, after several years of contact with new and established breeders through RBC and various poultry groups, I can make better guesses of the population size each year. Based on correspondence and my own observations, I can say with some certainty that interest in heritage turkeys is increasing. Many new breeders have established small flocks and sales of breeding stock and meat are brisk.

The American Livestock Breed Conservancy (ALBC) turkey censuses have shown massive increases in the number of breeding birds since 1998, and the Slow Food movement has boosted their popularity as meat. Media coverage all over Canada has raised their profile, to the extent that many would-be breeders are unable to obtain stock of the variety they would like.

This is a serious handicap to anyone who wants to grow turkeys for meat, as they are not easily obtainable in large numbers from Canadian hatcheries. A few US hatcheries will send day-olds to the nearest Post Office on the US side of the border, for pickup and importation by their new owner. This method is expensive and usually involves some losses.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

NICHOLLS, LOUISA
Cedars Equestrian Centre
4185 244th Street
Langley, BC V2Z 1M8
Tel: 604-856-0188
Email: louisa-nicholls@hotmail.com

MITCHELL, ELIZA - MARE’S CREEK RANCH
PO Box 36, Tatlayoko Lake, BC
V0L 1W0
250-476-1220
Email: info@tatlayokofold.com
Web: www.tatlayokofold.com

GREENGROVE, KARYN

4374 Hullcar Rd

Armstrong

BC V0E 1B4

250-546-2003 gerry_greengrove@hotmail.com




ONTARIO

McCALL, JoANN - CIRRUS HILL FARM
Box 3355, Meaford, ON
N4L 1A5
Email: info@cirrushillfarm.ca
Web: www.cirrushillfarm.ca


HACHMAN DWAYNE
HILLCREST FARM
152 Concession 4E RR1
Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0
519-364-5627 organtastic25@hotmail.com - www.hillcrestgfb.com

DONNELLY, G.K
Caledon East, ON
905-584-2470
OR email gkanser1@gmail.com

DEB HAMMOND & GLENN BARTON

Elgin ON K0G1E0

ashadedacres@gmail.com 

HATHCING EGGS ONLY



QUEBEC

GIRARD REJEAN
163 Grande Barbue
St. Cesaire, QC
J0L 1T0
450-379-5936 girr@videotron.ca

NORTHLEAF FARMS

176 ch Brosseau

St-Joachim-de-Shefford QC

579-439-832 rob@northleaf.com


NOVA SCOTIA

TITUS, RON DR. - ANGELHOEVE FARM
1467 Gospell Woods Road
Box 40
Glenmont, NS
B0P 1H0
902-582-1363
rontitus@angelhoeve.ca

CHOCOLATE

ONTARIO

Murray Thunberg - Murray’s Farm
399 Kossuth Road, RR 21
N3C 2V3
Cambridge ON

QUEBEC

GIRARD REJEAN

163 Rang de la Grande Barbue

St. Cesaire, QC

J0L 1T0

450-379-5936 girr@videotron.ca

REGAL RED

Murray Thunberg - Murray’s Farm
399 Kossuth Road, RR 21
N3C 2V3
Cambridge ON

BOURBON RED TURKEYS

ONTARIO

MARY LEE KIRKLAND
Kirklands Heritage Farm
kirklandsheritagefarm@gmail.com
28 Woods Road
Madoc, ON
K0K 2K0
613-473-2832

KEITH HELMER
45883 Roberts Line RR1
Sparta, ON
N0L 2H0
helmisterp@yahoo.ca

GIRARD REJEAN
163 Grande Barbue
St. Cesaire, QC
J0L 1T0
450-379-5936 girr@videotron.ca

ELSTE, ANDREA & THILO
7531 Second Line
Elora, ON
519-843-3481
andrea_thilo@xplornet.ca

DEB HAMMOND & GLENN BARTON

Elgin ON K0G1E0

ashadedacre@gmail.com 

HATCHING EGGS ONLY

SPANISH BLACK

ONTARIO

GIRARD REJEAN
163 Grande Barbue
St. Cesaire, QC
J0L 1T0
450-379-5936 girr@videotron.ca

ELSTE, ANDREA & THILO
7531 Second Line
Elora, ON
519-843-3481
andrea_thilo@xplornet.ca