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Handling turkey poults

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So last Wednesday I purchased 10 white broad brested turkeys and I ordered them with another family and he told me that whenever hes has to touch them he wears gloves for sanitary reasons and to not make the birds sick. This is my second time raising turkeys and so far I have been doing what he has told me. But I was just wondering is it safe to handle baby turkeys and not worry about killing them with germs or something that might be on my hands? Thanks in advance :)

post #2 of 4
I handle my poults without gloves.

Wash my hands before and after so I don't get sick.

I would say if you want you can handle without gloves and have few worries.
post #3 of 4
I've never used gloves either. I'm more likely to get sick from them than vice versa.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #4 of 4
I don't use gloves to handle my turkeys. I take them out of the incubator and put them under a hen or in a brooder. Never had a problem due to handling, they have died because a young hen takes them out of the nest in the cold or they got squashed by other turkeys in the pen. You will find that in this board, there a different opinions about raising turkeys. Some members have raised turkeys for a long time, others not for long. Some raise the as pets others for food. Do what works for you.
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