Chickens vs. Turkeys?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by poultryluvr18, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. poultryluvr18

    poultryluvr18 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am looking at getting some free range birds. I have no free range expirience what so ever. So, what are the advantages of having turkeys? chickens? Any opinions? Also breeds, # of birds or other general advice would be appreciated. I have about 1.5-2 acres they could roam on. I also have a fox, cyotes and wild dogs around my house, so that's something to consider. Thank you in advace!!
     
  2. the duck whisperer

    the duck whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you have enough land to raise about 15 chickens or 4-7 turkeys. Here are my experiences raising both:

    Chickens:
    There nice(usually)
    loud
    lay eggs
    smaller
    eat les
    you could raise more
    frienlier twords each other
    less prone to desies
    smaller if you were to eat them
    have some brains

    Turkeys:
    mean
    stubborn
    dirty
    tastey [​IMG]
    cannabalistic(mine plucked out eachothers and their own feathers and ate them!!!! [​IMG] )
    to be honest, there the dumbest animals ive ever raised
    they can swim
    they dont lay eggs you'ed want to eat
    ones there to a certain age you should probably slaughter them because thell get so fat its actually kind of sad.
    But again the tast AMAZING when there raised at home
    there kinda fun too! i liked to chase mine around, then theyed chase me [​IMG]
    if you have big game preds(coyotes) thell be safer than chickens


    its up to you they both have advantages and disadvantages. but it really depends on wether you want tem for meat or egg purposes, or just to have around. choose one to fit your needs. good luck [​IMG]
     
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