Are turkey chicks hard to raise?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by cheyfrie26, May 9, 2011.

  1. cheyfrie26

    cheyfrie26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they?
     
  2. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No.

    You hear of disasters, like people losing 1/2 their poults to diseases. I guess it can happen, but I think they are no harder than chickens. Show them water, throw some high-protein starter at them, watch the temp, keep the brooder relatively clean, and away they go...
     
  3. southerngamebirds1

    southerngamebirds1 Out Of The Brooder

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    not really, just keep in mind they are not as hardy as chicks, but with that in mind, they havnt been difficult for me. i do like to have a chick with them,that way they seem to catch on quicker in my opinion. the only prob i have had w/them as adults is that nasty sinus stuff so common w/turkeys, but tylan solves this prob. i like heritage turkeys, they are so friendly and have goofy personalities (at least mine do)
     
  4. scooldog

    scooldog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of "sinus stuff" do you get and what doseages of tylan do you use? I am hoping to hatch some turkeys (I had to get some cuz they were calling to me [​IMG] )..... in the coming weeks and don't know I know enough to keep em alive yet [​IMG]
     
  5. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

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  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    They need a higher protein feed and for the first day, maybe two, they need more care to make sure they are eating and drinking but other than that I haven't found them any more difficult to brood than chicken chicks. I'm on my third hatch this season.
     

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