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basic turkey questions

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ozarkmomma, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. ozarkmomma

    ozarkmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thinking about raising a few turkeys to process in the fall/winter. Do they eat the same food as chickens? How long do they take to get big enough to process? Anything else I should know?

    thanks
     
  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I feed my turkeys 30% protein but you can feed them as low as 24% but I would suggest nothing lower than 26%. 30% protein may not be sold in your area. As far as how long before they will be ready to process, I have no idea. I have never processed any of mine. Sorry.

    You may want to check out this thread. It has a lot of information about turkeys.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=92240
     
  3. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    28%30% protien feed. A broad breasted white or bronze will be ready in 4-6 months and a heritage will be 8-9 months.
     
  4. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you buy a Broad Breated Whites, they will be ready is about 20 weeks. They eat 28-30% protien turkey game bird starter for the first 6 to 8 weeks. Then a 20-22% grow/developer. The last few weeks I feed a finisher or just add some cracked corn.

    It is way to late in the year for heritage turkeys to be ready for this year in my opinion.
     
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011

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