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hatch to slaughter? how long to get to weight

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Hello, how long does it take a turkey (red bourban) to get to slaughter weight.

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Heritage turkeys take almost twice as long as the broad breasteds.  You'll want to go about 22-24 weeks before processing.

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Lor-Greg's main chick, Mom to eight kids, 3 dogs, no one knows how many cats, two Jersey cows, four dairy goats, Giant Cochins, Bourbon Turkeys, Midget White Turkeys, and now Standard Bronze Turkeys.
"Nothing worse than a monster who thinks he's right with God."-Capt. Mal
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By 22-24 weeks a tom destined to weigh 33# at full maturity will on the average weigh in the mid to upper teens undressed. A hen that could attain 20# will be in the low teens. These are averages. some will grow faster and others slower. The younger bird will taste just fine if prepared well but have almost no fat unless you have purposely manipulated its diet. Also the amount of meat in ratio to bone will seem scant. Waiting 1 or 2 months the turkey will not grow that much more visually but will fill out with several more pounds of meat. If you want more fat gradually increase % corn in the feed over the last 4 weeks.

One DW, one DD, one DS, 6 Dogs, 1 Cat, about 30 chickens and gulp 30++ Turkeys. Need head examined even though I am very happy.
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One DW, one DD, one DS, 6 Dogs, 1 Cat, about 30 chickens and gulp 30++ Turkeys. Need head examined even though I am very happy.
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thanks for the infomation

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ours are real nice table birds from 24-32 weeks old weighing dressed from 22lbs to 12 lbs but average out 15 lbs dressed. the last month feed them a high diet of corn and you will get that nice fat layer you seek.

One should feed a high protien diet of 25% or better their whole life to get a nice table bird. if not they will be alot smaller then if you did.

Turkeys: Beltsville White - Bourbon Red - Chocolate - Narragansett - Black Spanish - Wishard Bronze Chickens: Black Copper Marans - Cuckoo Marans - Golden Cuckoo Marans - White Rocks - Other: Pekin Ducks - Boer Goats - Pigs
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Turkeys: Beltsville White - Bourbon Red - Chocolate - Narragansett - Black Spanish - Wishard Bronze Chickens: Black Copper Marans - Cuckoo Marans - Golden Cuckoo Marans - White Rocks - Other: Pekin Ducks - Boer Goats - Pigs
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Originally Posted by Harp Turkey Ranch 

ours are real nice table birds from 24-32 weeks old weighing dressed from 22lbs to 12 lbs but average out 15 lbs dressed. the last month feed them a high diet of corn and you will get that nice fat layer you seek.

One should feed a high protien diet of 25% or better their whole life to get a nice table bird. if not they will be alot smaller then if you did.


I feed the 25% all the time so what amount of corn to the 25% should I be feeding and are the birds pen up the last four weeks to put on the extra fat?

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