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Mechelen Turkey Head

The Mechelen Turkey Head is an old Flemish meat breed that was developed for the German market. The Turkey Head was intended to be a heavier version of the original Malines breed, also known as the Mechelen.  Malines were crossed with the heavy Bruges Fighter (also available at Greenfire Farms). This contribution of Fighter's blood created a Malines with a small three-row comb, a striking dewlap, no wattles, and large slightly drooping ears. It is heavier, coarser, and slightly higher on the legs than the original Malines. The breed is also slightly more temperamental than the Malines, but with frequent handling can still be calm and gentle. We've noticed that any time we are walking by their pen, they all run up to the front to see if we have anything for them.

 

A Mechelen Turkey Head should be bred to eliminate the wattles in both the roosters and hens.  The Turkey Head is currently very endangered in its native range, and good specimens with the desired, typical heads are rare.