Originally Posted by pjmillerboy9
Both of my chickens have bald like patches running from their chest down to their legs, is this normal and if not what should I do about it? I was also wondering if anybody has turkeys (specifically in Provo) I am thinking about getting some in spring, any tips or suggestions?
I'm not in Provo, but I have kept turkeys for a couple of years. I'm no expert but I'd be happy to offer advice where I can. Do you want them for meat? Eggs? Pets/grazing? If you just want meat, the Broad Breasted Whites are easy to get from IFA (or similar) in Springtime when they get turkeys in. They grow fast and yield large carcasses, and personally I love their personalities. They are prone to lots of health problems if kept long term, though.
If you are looking for eggs or pets and grazers, you probably want a heritage breed. I've heard tell that Royal Palms make good pets and are more tame than most breeds. I have a couple of Bourbon reds now and they also make fair pets if handled frequently. My bronze hen was decidedly not a people person. She was eye candy for me, not a lap hen. However I think she was wild when I got her as a juvenile, so that may have been part of it.
Most turkeys are friendly if you spend a lot of time with them from a young age. Some of the toms can get aggressive though, so be careful if you have little ones. They can also get pushy with chickens and other fowl, and I have seen mine pick up chickens and wing them around to get them away from food before. Not all turkeys do it. Some are just fine.
So anyway, there's a lot of advice you probably didn't want