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i have been playing around with the idea of gettin a turkey i have 20 hen i really only want one to start out with never had a turkey anyone have tips or pointer

15 hens 2 roos 5 dogs 2 cats fish and a great hubby that just smiles when i say thats the last one b/c he knows it not
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15 hens 2 roos 5 dogs 2 cats fish and a great hubby that just smiles when i say thats the last one b/c he knows it not
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Maybe you could consider getting 2?  I am down to one hen right now and she is VERY lonely.  She is out with the chickens and ducks but thinks I'm her tom.  She is always trying to get in the house and stands at the fence crying for me.  I'm looking for a tom locally now to keep her company.

Good luck with getting turkeys.  They are really my favorite birds (please don't tell the chickens or ducks)!

6 Australorps, 10 Speckled Sussex, 6 Buff Orpingtons, 2 TSC commercial blacks roos, 7 Pekins, 1 turkey hen, and last but not least 6 Beagles!
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6 Australorps, 10 Speckled Sussex, 6 Buff Orpingtons, 2 TSC commercial blacks roos, 7 Pekins, 1 turkey hen, and last but not least 6 Beagles!
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My two cents for what they're worth -

Turkeys are a little more delicate than chickens when they are young and have to be kept warmer for longer in the brooder. Until they are about 3 or 4 months old they seem to be more susceptible to disease and just falling over dead.

My turkeys do have more personality than my chickens it seems and follow us around the yard "helping" out. We love them dearly.

Other than that I'm not sure that there's much difference between them and chickens. If there is we haven't seen it. They are great bug catchers.

Barred rocks, red sex link, silver wyandotte, white leghorns, mottled cochin banty, silkie, blue swedish and khaki campbell ducks, meat rabbits, white holland turkeys, turtles, cats, and as much garden space as one can cram into a small urban yard half given over to the chickens

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Barred rocks, red sex link, silver wyandotte, white leghorns, mottled cochin banty, silkie, blue swedish and khaki campbell ducks, meat rabbits, white holland turkeys, turtles, cats, and as much garden space as one can cram into a small urban yard half given over to the chickens

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How about bourbon red turkeys? I have some bourbon reds and narragansett turkeys and for me I find that the bourbon reds are the most friendly of the two breeds I have   ya  out of 7 red hens 5 will come right up to you and sit down by you so you will pet them and 1 hen named jenny demans, not ask, DEMANS that I pick her up and put her in my lap to pet her  lau   gig      where as the narragansett turkeys hens, I had 5 of them, only 1 is friendly. IF YOU LIVED IN N.Y I WOOD BE HAPPY TO SELL YOU SOME  jumpy   jumpy  I WILL COME BACK LATER AND GIVE YOU TIPS ON THEM  thumbsup

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 I am a Java Head, correction THE JAVA HEAD!!!   There's a Right Way, There's a Wrong Way and Then THERE'S MY WAY!!!!! 

 

 

 



 

 

 

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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

thank you all very much very helpfull

15 hens 2 roos 5 dogs 2 cats fish and a great hubby that just smiles when i say thats the last one b/c he knows it not
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15 hens 2 roos 5 dogs 2 cats fish and a great hubby that just smiles when i say thats the last one b/c he knows it not
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I got 4 poulterers from local feed store in late July and they are just dolls! The three remaining have all started laying and were the BBW. I did sloowly introduce them while poults to the chicken coop (to build their immunity) and they have been incorporated by the flock.

first time momma to 2 hens ( 1 Minorca, 1 blue Andalusian),a cochin roo, one BBW hen and a Newfie. New additions- 4 production red comets, 2 Giant Black Jerseys, 2 Leghorns, 2 brown duck hens. Born on the farm- 2 yr Jersey cow and her yearling steer brother and 2 farmyard roos. The late summer add ons include 7(suppose to be all pullets but aren't) cucko marans, 2 naked necks pullets, 1 polish...
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first time momma to 2 hens ( 1 Minorca, 1 blue Andalusian),a cochin roo, one BBW hen and a Newfie. New additions- 4 production red comets, 2 Giant Black Jerseys, 2 Leghorns, 2 brown duck hens. Born on the farm- 2 yr Jersey cow and her yearling steer brother and 2 farmyard roos. The late summer add ons include 7(suppose to be all pullets but aren't) cucko marans, 2 naked necks pullets, 1 polish...
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Love our turkeys!   Our Midget Whites are nice and mellow, and get along fine with the chickens and ducks.  We only had 5 out of 15 poults survive to adulthood, so I would try to find older birds for your first turkey project.  Craigslist has some individuals from time to time, in our area anyway.

Hi!  I'm Bryan, and Smiles-N-Sunshine is my hobby farm.

 

Smiles-N-Sunshine Farm (Palominas, Arizona):  Black Australorp chickens, Khaki Campbell ducks, New Zealand White rabbits, Midget White turkeys, redworms, and mealworms.
 

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Hi!  I'm Bryan, and Smiles-N-Sunshine is my hobby farm.

 

Smiles-N-Sunshine Farm (Palominas, Arizona):  Black Australorp chickens, Khaki Campbell ducks, New Zealand White rabbits, Midget White turkeys, redworms, and mealworms.
 

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