Tennessee Turkeys

Selectively Bred Buckeyes and Narragansetts in Eastern Tennessee.

Tennessee Turkeys is located on a small farm in the mountains of East TN nearby the scenic Obed River. We have been selectively breeding our Narragansett turkeys since 2012, and our Buckeye chickens since 2013.

History of the Narragansett Turkey

Originating the in Narragansett Bay area, the Narragansett turkey was developed from crosses of domestic turkeys brought by colonists with the Eastern Wild turkey. Narragansett turkeys were very popular for meat quality and ability to raise their own poults. It has been the 3rd most popular variety of turkey over the years. The Narragansett turkey was recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1874.

Why I Chose Narragansetts

After a terrible experience with the Broad Breasted White turkey and not being pleased with the weights or temperament of wild turkeys, I went on a hunt for a dependable turkey with a strong skeletal and immune system. After raising several different varieties of heritage turkeys, I fell in love with the Narragansett turkey. The coloring of both males and females are stunning, and they are very friendly birds with very high fertility and hatch rates. My flock traces back to the late master breeder Norman Kardosh.

History of the Buckeye

The Buckeye chicken originated in Ohio and is the only breed created by a woman. Nettie Metcalf was tired of lazy fowl and wanted an active chicken, good for meat and eggs, that could hustle up most of its own food. After crossing several different breeds together and selecting only the red progeny, the Buckeye was born. The Buckeye was recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1904.

Why I Chose Buckeyes

Loving many different characteristics of several breeds, I had a difficult time choosing 1 breed of chicken to focus on breeding. Some things that really drew me to the Buckeye was their active nature, large meaty frame, gentleness of both hens and roosters, and last but not least, egg laying abilities. For a dual purpose bird, they lay a good number of medium-sized eggs, averaging 200-250 eggs annually.

A strong, healthy chick or poult begins before the egg reaches the incubator. Our breeder birds are tenderly cared for each day – rain, snow, or shine. From sunup to sundown they have full access to fresh green pastures loaded with bugs via mobile coops and netting, which are moved weekly. They are also fed a quality high protein feed for optimum nurtrition. The eggs are hand collected daily and carefully stored until it is time to be placed in the incubator.  Once in the incubator, they are carefully monitored 2-3 times a day. When hatch day arrives, our efforts are rewarded with very energetic, fluffy baby chicks and poults. They are often trying to climb out of the hatching trays faster than we can get them into boxes or to the brooder!

 Full payment for the birds and shipping costs is due before the birds are shipped. We do not include shipping charges at the initial ordering time. We will invoice you before shipping with the actual cost to ship to the location the birds are being sent.

Sometimes it is necessary for a farm to cancel an order, and we reserve the right to do so. If we cancel your order, you will be issued a full refund.

We only sell day-old poultry as straight run. We do not agree with the practice of disposing of day-old chicks solely based on their gender. We like to see all chicks be allowed to fulfill their purpose. Generally, an order of 100 birds will have 50 males and 50 females. The smaller the number of chicks you order, the less likely you are to have the 50/50 ratio. There is no guarantee of the ratio of pullets to cockerels.

We are a participate in the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Health inspection service “National Poultry Improvement Plan“(NPIP). Therefore, all of our breeding stock is blood tested annually. We also test for Avian Influenza. We ship all birds with the necessary NPIP paperwork.

We welcome local pickups! Arrangements will need to be made well in advance of your hatch date. You must pick the poultry up on the agreed upon date. It is necessary to empty our hatching facilities of all live birds in order to prepare for the next hatch.

Be sure to order as early as possible. Our chicks are in high demand and we fill orders in the order in which they are received, on a first-come, first-served basis. It is common practice to order 8-16 weeks prior to the date you want for delivery. We start taking orders January 10th for the current year. Once you have placed an order we will then secure your place on the hatching schedule and take those birds off the market.

If the birds must be shipped, please know that we may not be able to ship to all addresses. Depending on the season, orders may be canceled and refunded if the shipping cannot be completed in a manner that is safe for the birds to travel. The chicks’ health is our number one concern. We do not export birds and most farms cannot ship to Hawaii. Since Avian Influenza has descended on the United States, individual State’s poultry import laws have become moving targets. When you place an order, we will make every effort to contact your state and ascertain if we are able to ship to you at this time. We will notify you quickly if we cannot take your order and will immediately process a full refund.

Whether you are ordering for local pickup or shipping you must order enough birds to fulfill the minimum listed by that farm. Shipping too few birds is dangerous, both in terms of temperature balance and keeping the birds calm in the box. If you are ordering multiple breeds from a single farm the total quantity must meet the minimum stated on that farm’s page. You cannot combine orders from different farms to meet the minimum shipping quantity. Each one of our farms is a separate entity and cannot combine their chicks for shipping. You are welcome to place orders at more than one farm, but each order must meet that farm’s minimum.

 At this time, we do not vaccinate day-old poultry. Our goal is to produce birds that can withstand common environmental stresses. If you know of a disease your birds are likely to encounter when they get to your place, please research whether our chicks are the right way to go.

Live animals and pets can be a source of potentially harmful micro-organisms, germs, (including Salmonella) and bacteria. Therefore, precautions must be taken when handling and caring for them to prevent fecal/oral transmission among people. Please see the CDC website for more information. http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/resources/salmonella-baby-poultry.pdf

Breeders in the Sustainable Poultry Network USA are committed to selectively breeding the very best poultry in North America!  ALL of our breeders are certified through our national flock certification program! Our program is designed to give the creditability, assurance, and authenticity that a flock of poultry is true to breed and is being bred to the highest excellence for vigor, standard qualities, and production qualities.

Price per poult:  

15-29 – $18

30-44 – $17

45-59 – $16

60-89 – $15

90-120 – $14

–Shipping is NOT included–

Over 120 – We are very interested in connecting with those who are developing and supplying local and regional markets with heritage turkeys. Please contact us if you are interested in larger orders (more than 120 birds).


Price per chick:

25-49 – $9

50-99 – $8.50

100-149 – $8

150-200 – $7.50

–Shipping is NOT included–

Over 200 – We are very interested in connecting with those who are developing and supplying local and regional markets with heritage chickens. Please contact us if you are interested in larger orders (more than 200 birds).


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