christmas turkey

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by rule6660, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. rule6660

    rule6660 Out Of The Brooder

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    So i am thinking of raising 3-4 turkeys for Christmas dinner. Is it too late and what size cage do i need? I was thinking of ordering a few eggs what would be a nice big bird to choose? Thank you for any info!!
     
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    A bit late for Christmas to hatch turkeys now unless you go the broad-breasted route.
     
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even at that, I wouldn't try getting eggs and hatching them for Christmas dinner. By they time they hatch, it will be about August 1 (they take 28 days).

    If you want to do it this year, I'd check around and try to see if you can't get some poults that are anywhere from just hatched to preferably something about 4 to 8 weeks old already.
     
  4. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think broad-breasted eggs would be OK now. If they hatched August 1, you would still have all of August, September, October, November, and most of December to grow them up. If your after birds in the 15 to 20 lb range dressed, that should be plenty of time for a BB turkey. Heritage birds take at least 7 months to grow. YOu may be able to find some started heritage poults that would be ready for Christmas.

    If you give us your general location, someone may be able to give you a lead on some poults near you.
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2011
  5. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:But, what fun is 15 to 20 lbs? I can get that in any store. [​IMG]

    If I'm going to go to all of this bother, I want some giant monstrosity that won't fit in my oven and will make the family think I roasted an emu![​IMG]
     
  6. rule6660

    rule6660 Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in Boothbay Maine, If was to get 3-4 turkeys how big of a cage would i need?
     
  7. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Would they be in there 24/7 or just at night?
     
  8. rule6660

    rule6660 Out Of The Brooder

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    yes 24/7
     

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