Baby turkeys got them, never have had them before, help.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by briana1975, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    Just picked up 2 turkeys from tsc. Got everything I need for chicks are the turkeys going to be any diffrent? I could not find any books to find out. I need answers. I just got them home and in brooder box.
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't worry...they'll be fine. [​IMG]
     
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    You need a gamebird starter or feed. Turkeys do not need medicated
    starter like many people feed chicks. They do need a higher protein.
    22 to 26% is good.
     
  4. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    I got the Dumar starter grower. Had turkey mentioned on the bag. 20% protein. Is the temp the same for turkeys?
     
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    The Dumar is ok, not great, but ok. The temps are the same as far as
    I know.
     
  6. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Yes the temp is the same for both chicks and poults. Watch the poults and make sure they know where the food and water is. We pick them up and put their beak in the water a couple of times. Also make sure the chicks are not pushing them away from the food. What kind of poults do you have?
    Sharon
     
  7. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    I will look into what kind they are. They will be white I do know that. i just wanted to make sure I was doing the right things for them.
     
  8. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    If they are white then they are most likely Broad Breasted Whites which is
    a meat bird. The Toms can exceed 30 pounds.
     
  9. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    If they are white and they were around 5 or 6 dollars then they are probably Broad Breasted Whites. If you paid more then 9 dollars for them then they are probably one of the heritage breeds, Midgets or Hollands.
    Sharon
     
  10. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    The were $5.00 each at TSC. We told the boys we will name them "food" names because we will probably eat them when they are grown. Gizzard and Gibblet sound good.
     

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