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cjhawks

In the Brooder
7 Years
Jun 25, 2012
26
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Maine
thinking of get some turkeys .what are some of a good breed for frist timer
 

njduck

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 15, 2011
204
2
91
That is such an open ended question, you will get 30 different responses. What do you want to do with the turkeys? Are they dinner? Are they pets? Are you going to breed? Is there a certain color you prefer? Do you want large or midgets? How big is the space you are going to keep them?

I have chocolate, standard bronze, and BBW they all live together and get along fine. I have hatched out over a 100 so far.
 

Oregon Blues

Crowing
8 Years
Apr 14, 2011
5,531
234
273
Central Oregon
If you intend to eat every one of them, you might as well start with a couple of brood breasted whites. They grow quickly so they get into the freezer in a short time period, and they are easy to get along with. They dress out into a nice plump carcass with lots of breast meat. They are also cheaper to purchase the poults.

If you find that you really like having turkeys and want to keep a flock with some breeding stock, then you must choose a different breed. But by then, you should have a better idea of what you expect a turkey to do for you, what size you want, what color appeals to you.

If you go to the Porter's turkeys web site, you can see photos of many different varieties. Maybe one of those will appeal to you.

If you intend to show turkeys, there aren't all that many varieties recognized for shows, so that will be a considerarion.
 
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