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We got our American Bronze hen in March this year & I appreciate all the info you guys posted. She will be Thanksgiving dinner main course.  Love the sound of the goose butter, not so much that I would do it myself but, would be happy to purchase & try.

 

We too keep our feed mostly natural, since she thinks she's a chicken (raised with them since poult) she eats what they eat just a bit more. They were all on gamebird starter & then on grower until we started getting eggs. Yes, she even dropped a few. Now they are all back on grower as the days get shorter & egg production drops.

 

 Thanks for the tip on the barley guess I need to increase that in their feed.  Will post a couple pics before & after I butcher her. Here are some from poult to now:

 

 

 

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post #32 of 33
No more less then 6 months old. I think year olds are the best but 8 months is good also.
post #33 of 33

My wife and I just began growing turkeys in early June of 2015.  We have Bourbon Red, Eastern Wild, Royal Palm and Chocolate, all heritage breeds.  In addition to the 28% and 20% commercial feeds our turkeys get oats and chops/cracked corn on occasion.  All seem to be thriving.

 

I read in one of the posts about feeding turkeys barley in addition to either 28% or 20% commercial feed.  What is the reason for feeding barley?  It is not readily available, but I can order it at my feed store.

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