Can Anyone Recommend A Definitive Book On Turkey's?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Patchesnposies, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Patchesnposies

    Patchesnposies Chickens.....are my ONE weakness!

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern New Mexico
    We are wanting to add to our small flock. We have chickens, ducks and geese and two turkey's. One Black Spanish and one Midget White. We have had many others, but had no idea that they would be so hard to raise. All of our other poultry/waterfowl have done wonderfully, but for a while it seemed like we just COULD NOT keep a turkey's body and soul together! I believe in my heart that turkeys have a death wish.....LOL None of them died from disease, only mishaps!

    We love the heritage breeds and would like to raise a small flock of, perhaps, two different types. But, want to learn all we can about turkey care and management before we decide on which ones.

    Anyone have a book to recommend? I perused the Storey's book, but it seemed geared towards the industrial birds and superficial at that.

    Thanks,

    Deb
     
  2. farm_mom

    farm_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Luck! There really isn't much info out there. http://feathersite.com and http://www.albc-usa.org are good sources. I bought a few books from http://www.acresusa.com but they were mostly about showing turkeys and the differences in the breeds rather than a definitive book on how to raise heritage turkeys. I've learned a lot from the Rare Heritage Turkey yahoo group.
     
  3. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Quote:The best book I have seen over all on turkeys is "A guide to turkey management" By Stanley Marsden. It was written in the 30's but turkeys haven't changed since then. It covers hatching, feeding, ranging. Back when they raised turkeys on the range and not in turkey houses. There are copies still around but they can be hard to find and pricey. You can do a search on Barnes n Noble and amazon and find them. Also, you can view it online at the Cornell U. core historical Ag library.

    http://chla.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=chla;idno=3317008#resultstoc


    Steve in NC
     
  4. BeakSanctuary

    BeakSanctuary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reference to the free source, Steve. I feel quite lucky to have come upon your reply.

    (Love my little turkeys - one little poult climbed aboard my head today while I was sitting on my chicken-watching bench. Another endearing thing was just seeing a different poult, same age, cuddling next to a big hen turkey not its mom trying to get under its wing and out of the cold breeze. Can't say enough about how I love them.)
     
  5. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    You're welcome, there is ALOT of good info in there. We searched and searched and found a hard copy online, it was expensive but well worth it.

    Steve in NC
     
  6. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here's a good one if you like to hunt the wild turkey..

    However this book has lots of pic's and details of the different wild species of turkey in it as well.
    I really like this book. It doesn't tell how to raise them, but talks about there stages in there lives and many things about wild turkeys most don't know.

    Wild Turkey: the complete hunter

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/bo...BN=9780865730625&ourl=Wild-Turkey/Gary-Clancy

    Charlie
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2008
  7. Patchesnposies

    Patchesnposies Chickens.....are my ONE weakness!

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern New Mexico
    Thanks for the input everyone! Steve in NC, I especially appreciate the link!

    Deb
     
  8. The book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbera Kingsolver has several sections where she describes her experiences raising turkeys. Might a little helpful and it's a real good read.
     

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