Millstone Farm doubled its turkey flock from 30 last year to 60 for Thanksgiving. The farm raised Broad Breasted Bronze turkeys, a breed with a long history.
They are so-named because their feathers have a metallic sheen that changes, depending on the light, from copper to bronze to burnished gold.
The breed is the result of cross-breeding between domestic turkeys brought by European colonists and the eastern wild turkeys native to America, from which they got their coloring, the conservancy said. Tamer than wild birds and bigger than the European varieties, they were popular in the 1700s and the name “Bronze” was formalized in the 1830s.