A century of Turkey talk 2000-2100.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by duluthralphie, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    Feedman:

    #1 - Grouch = guest of honor
    #2 - Wimp = could make a come back if #1 & #3 are gone. Keep him only if you like him. Never feed mediocre.
    #3 - Mismark - don't go with an incorrect color pattern. You may be breeding in something hard to breed out. May pop up in future generations.

    2 young ones - hang on to them till they are a bit more mature this spring. Pick the best of the two & invite the other to dinner

    Just my off the top thoughts.

    I've been breeding Australian Shepherds for 30 years. Kennel Hall of Fame and an AKC judge. I may be a turkey novice....but I know how to breed a great dog. Based my opinion on that experience. Of course turkey breeding programs are tons different!
     
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  2. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    What I do is to keep one adult tom over winter on a just in case basis along with my chosen young tom or two. If the adult tom is a good tom there won't be any trouble with the young tom coming up. It is equally matched toms that creates the problems. In the spring I sell whichever tom that I am not going to keep. There is usually someone in the spring needing a new tom due to over winter losses.

    This year I already know that my breeder tom from last spring is definitely going to be someone's dinner in the near future. I am likely to pick out two or three toms from this year's crop to keep until next spring before I decide who is staying and who isn't.

    As far as your #3 tom, if I am trying to conform to breed standards, I would not allow a tom of non-standard color to do any breeding.

    Good luck in your choosing.
     
  3. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks memphis and r2elk.

    I think 1 and 3 are dinner. #2 i'll keep into spring and see if his mojo comes back. If not we will part ways.

    These are bourbon red toms.


    Thanks again for giving me a little more tilt the way I was leaning.
     
  4. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd give #2 a chance. What time is dinner?
     
  5. SilkieSensation

    SilkieSensation Overrun With Chickens

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    Go with what you decided below plus keep at least the best looking poult, if not both poults, until spring to see who will be the best breeder. Always keep a back up tom over winter. I only have 1 tom right now because I down sized for my move. I will be keeping at least 2 young toms & 5 young hens to winter over on top of my current tom & 3 hens. Come spring, if I haven't had any losses, I'll have 1 pair for sale to start someone else's spring breeding program up.
     
  6. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    I would keep #2 and a young one..



    Here are pictures of my lone Poult hatched today.

    she is spoilt already, she would rather be held than be in her incubator..

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  7. feistychick

    feistychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my, what a cutie. Being an only child often leads to being spoiled ;).
     
  8. feistychick

    feistychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have any advice about how long poults should be in a brooder? I have heard that once they are fully feathered they can go out. Do they still need a heat source if they are outside at night? Wow - I'm full of questions today lol. The little ones are starting to get really busy and perhaps a bit bored being contained. Is there anything I should be doing for them, three are just over a week old and one is about 2 weeks. Thanks for any suggestions!
     
  9. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    Feisty.....I've never raised poults. So I'm clueless. ..but I do know they are susceptible to cold & wet. I was perusing the Porter site and he has tips on raising poults that I found interesting. He is also having an end of season sale. $5.00 per poult. Wow. That's a deal. Wish I could order some. His birds are gorgeous. Love looking through the different varieties he offers. Sigh....maybe some day. ......
     
  10. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I'm not pressing for space I try to leave in brooder for a minimum of 4 weeks. Longer if possible.
     

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