All kinds of turkey questions

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by tnchicken, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. tnchicken

    tnchicken In the Brooder

    May 2, 2009
    I am planning on raising some turkeys for meat next year for the first time so have a lot of questions for you folks that have some experience if you would please share.

    What breed do you prefer? and which hatchery do you prefer?
    How long to grow out to a 12-15 pound dressed bird?
    At what age, do you take from the brooder to pasture?
    What % feed to you use?

  2. Although some people here do turkeys as well as the meaties you may get more answers to your questions if you post this over on the turkey forum.
  3. Buster52

    Buster52 Songster

    Jan 28, 2009
    Geronimo Oklahoma
    Quote:Bourbon Red, because it is the best tasting breed that still attains a decent size.
    I don't buy turkey poults from hatcheries. I buy from breeders. Or bought. I now plan to hatch out my own.
    I would say 24 to 28 weeks. Maybe less.
    Depends on the weather, but usually 8 weeks. They are very vulnerable until that age, but after that are the toughest birds I own.
    28% game bird starter/grower through teen hood, then switch to 20%.

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