Avian influenza update 18 November 2014.
The Turkey Club UK was set up in 2001 to promote standard varieties of turkey.
The aim of the club is to :
Anyone may subscribe to membership of Turkey Club UK, whether as a national member or an international member. Although most members will probably be keeping turkeys, those people who wish to keep them in the future, or those people who merely wish to support the club’s intentions, will all be most welcome to join.
The annual membership subscription, due on 1 January each year, are : £5 for junior membership (16 years and under), £10 for single membership and £15 for family membership.
There are four newsletters a year and a Yearbook . The Club would like to encourage poultry clubs to include turkey classes at shows and will donate special awards when requested, if a stamped addressed envelope is included.
Turkeys have great characters and they are easy to keep, as long as you do not have too many in a small area. An average garden could accommodate a pair.
Turkeys are native to the Americas and were domesticated by the Aztecs in Mexico. They were taken to Spain in 1500, and introduced from there to England in 1524. The Black turkey, which eventually became known as Norfolk Black was believed to be the first variety of turkey in Britain. As a species they are facing the threat of extinction or constricting bloodlines, therefore it is important that Turkey Club UK with a growing number of enthusiasts rise to the challenge of helping this majestic bird.