best source for poults?

hensonly

Songster
11 Years
May 15, 2008
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upstate NY
HI, all,

I've had chickens for three years, and am thinking about trying some turkeys....is there an especially good or especially bad hatchery or other source for poults? I'm in upstate NY. I keep reading that poults are so fragile...is the poult mortality rate higher than for chicks, when they're shipped? We don't want a lot of turkeys this first time... but we want to make sure we end up with a few!

Any suggestions? Thanks!
 

medan

Songster
9 Years
Apr 1, 2010
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try your local craigslist its were i got mine last year all very healthy and less trama involved in moving them
 

HallFamilyFarm

APA ETL#195
10 Years
Jan 25, 2010
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Monticello, Arkansas
Quote:
Steve,

I heard that some hatcheries sell the Midget White as a Beltsville White and vise verse. The Beltsville White is in the SOP. The Midget White is not in the SOP yet. Since you raise both, would you give us your definition of their differences? Weights etc. Thanks.

FYI: The only breeder we have seen selling any Beltsville, Midget or White Holland hatching eggs is Steve.
 

Steve_of_sandspoultry

Crowing
10 Years
Apr 4, 2009
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35
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Eastern North Carolina
Quote:
Steve,

I heard that some hatcheries sell the Midget White as a Beltsville White and vise verse. The Beltsville White is in the SOP. The Midget White is not in the SOP yet. Since you raise both, would you give us your definition of their differences? Weights etc. Thanks.

FYI: The only breeder we have seen selling any Beltsville, Midget or White Holland hatching eggs is Steve.

There is no hatchery that sells Beltsville Small White poults to my knoweldge, Strombergs sells hatching eggs but we could never figure out where they were getting the eggs from.

Steve
 

hensonly

Songster
11 Years
May 15, 2008
438
4
131
upstate NY
Wow, thanks for the info, everyone...I don't have an incubator, and haven't even tried hatching chicken eggs! Not sure I want to experiment with turkey eggs first time....if I decide to do turkeys, I want to end up with turkeys!!

But...our neighbor has an incubator for chicken eggs, don't know what kind, but he said it cost about $85...so not a real big or fancy one. I'm sure he'd let me borrow it, would it work for turkey eggs? or would I need a different tray to hold the bigger eggs? Is the temp., humidity, etc the same for turkey eggs as for chicken eggs?

How complicated is it to keep a breeding pair? Or would I need more than a pair? I can't free range, we have foxes and coyotes - how much space do turkeys need when you keep them confined?

I understand turkey polts are more fragile than chicks...does this follow for the eggs, too?

I like the idea of looking for local sources of young birds, I'll check around.

Gotta decide pretty quick, I guess, if I want to do them this year!
 

Steve_of_sandspoultry

Crowing
10 Years
Apr 4, 2009
5,426
35
251
Eastern North Carolina
Just about any incubator will work but the trick is knowing how to set it up and use it. For best hatches it takes a little trial and error to get it just right.

We are members of the ALBC and the SPPA - both have member breeder listings and if you want to see if their are any breeders in your area send me a PM.

Steve
 

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