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Purebred turkey bloodlines alive and well on King Island all thanks to a prized gobbler

Have you ever considered the humble turkey as your next backyard pal?

Lyndsey Sumpton from the Australian Heritage Turkey Society said the fowls were keen to make friends and were just like having an "ugly parrot".

She wants more people to take an interest in heritage breeds and fears the bloodline is dying out because of a focus on breeding big birds for meat production.

"A lot of the heritage turkeys have been put to the side because they can't compete with the rapid growth and the size of the carcases that you get from broad-breasted commercial varieties," she told Margot Kelly on ABC Radio Hobart.


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(ABC NEWS: 03/11/18)