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This is my first time owning turkeys and they are absolutely awesome. I love them to pieces and they are extremely friendly. They call to me when they see me coming, follow me around like puppies, and drink out the water hose with me. love They were born approx 7/20/11 which would make them about 3 months old, but they are already about +/- 15 pounds, maybe they are older than the feed store said... I dunno... anywho...


So one thing I wasn't anticipating was how much they eat. WOW those guys can pack away some food! ep Oh and how fast they grow! th


The other thing I didn't anticipate was getting all Toms. Which I think I did. I got them from the feed store, and they didn't know what they were, but I didn't think I'd get ALL Toms. idunno


So my question is since I ended up will all Toms I will need to sell some as Thanksgiving Turkeys and I need to know how much to sell them for. I didn't keep track of he food they've been eating (like a dummy) and now I don't know what to price them at. Is there a formula maybe an adult turkey eats _____ food per day or something?


Thanks everyone!

post #2 of 11

Feed costs 13.99/50 lb bag where I'm at and I've guestimated that it costs $35 to raise the average turkey

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post #3 of 11
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Hmm I think it will be way more than that for me. My Turks could probably eat a 50# bag every couple days if I let them. roll

post #4 of 11

I did some research and it takes 6lbs of feed per pound of weight gain for bourbon reds, which is what I raise.  Here's a good article about it

Does anyone know about feeding a breeding flock?  Such as overwinter.  I haven't found info on that yet so the price of bringing a bird to slaughter versus a pet is probably different.

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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Serina81 

I did some research and it takes 6lbs of feed per pound of weight gain for bourbon reds, which is what I raise.  Here's a good article about it

Does anyone know about feeding a breeding flock?  Such as overwinter.  I haven't found info on that yet so the price of bringing a bird to slaughter versus a pet is probably different.




Hmm by that formulation, I have 4 Turks at 15 pounds each, that's 90 pounds each (to date) times 4, is roughly 8 bags of feed, which is $160, divided by 4 which would be $40 per turkey with no profit, and it's not thanksgiving yet....

That might be right? idunno Probably close?

I could imagine feeding a breeding flock over winter would be VERY expensive.

I ordered 15 rare heritage turkeys to come in the spring and will be setting up a breeding flock, so I am interested too! big_smile

post #6 of 11

Here's some more info I found

Remember, it will cost you about 1 pound of feed per tom per day and about ½
pound per hen to keep your flock going. Turkeys can be on range all winter long, but will
need a windbreak and fresh water any day snow is not on the ground.
During the winter months we keep them on a maintenance diet of cracked corn
and whole wheat. We vary the ratio from 50- 50 during normal weather to 60% corn &
40% wheat during very cold periods. You could just feed free-choice and let the birds
decide how much energy feed they need.
About one month before they commence to lay (about April 1st in our area) we
switch them over to our laying mash diet... This
increases the protein and insures that the hens get the extra calcium they need for strong
eggs.

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post #7 of 11

Assuming you have BBW or BBB as these are primarily what the feed stores sell . . . you might find these numbers interesting.
look for the chart on the lower right.

http://www.meyerhatchery.com/productinfo.a5w?session.category=Turkeys&grd_prodone_filter=PRODUCT_ID%20%3d%20%27BBWTS%27

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post #8 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Arielle 

Assuming you have BBW or BBB as these are primarily what the feed stores sell . . . you might find these numbers interesting.
look for the chart on the lower right.

http://www.meyerhatchery.com/productinfo.a5w?session.category=Turkeys&grd_prodone_filter=PRODUCT_ID%20%3d%20%27BBWTS%27



HOOLY COW!!! epth

That's for ONE turkey! Wow that is A LOT of feed!barnie

Good thing the ones I ordered are heritage and that it's almost Thanksgiving to get rid of these ones!

post #9 of 11

I sell my heritage birds for $4.50/lb dressed, and I don't think I'm making any money on them.

Chickens were fun...until I got turkeys!
Narragansetts, Golden Narragnasetts, Royal Palms, Calico, Standard Bronze, Red Bronze, (and a few BB Bronze..but don't tell anyone!)
Mixed flock of laying hens
Mixed-stock pigs

Two-many horses

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Chickens were fun...until I got turkeys!
Narragansetts, Golden Narragnasetts, Royal Palms, Calico, Standard Bronze, Red Bronze, (and a few BB Bronze..but don't tell anyone!)
Mixed flock of laying hens
Mixed-stock pigs

Two-many horses

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Quote:
Originally Posted by WhiteMountainsRanch 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arielle 

Assuming you have BBW or BBB as these are primarily what the feed stores sell . . . you might find these numbers interesting.
look for the chart on the lower right.

http://www.meyerhatchery.com/productinfo.a5w?session.category=Turkeys&grd_prodone_filter=PRODUCT_ID%20%3d%20%27BBWTS%27



HOOLY COW!!! epth

That's for ONE turkey! Wow that is A LOT of feed!barnie

Good thing the ones I ordered are heritage and that it's almost Thanksgiving to get rid of these ones!


Heritage birds, from my observation, can go get their own food to some extent; but if you need to provide all the feed, the BBW are the most efficient at converting grain to body weight.

Based on my limited experience. ( I have BBW and BR)

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             Bourbon Red and Sweetgrass Turkeys

 

             Black Copper Marans, Buff Orpingtons and Speckled Sussex    

  

 

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             Bourbon Red and Sweetgrass Turkeys

 

             Black Copper Marans, Buff Orpingtons and Speckled Sussex    

  

 

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