Cost to raise turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by bee_wrangler, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. bee_wrangler

    bee_wrangler Songster

    Sep 13, 2009
    I am getting 4 Royal Palm turkeys and wonder if anyone could tell me the approx cost per month per bird for feed. I am thinking of getting more, but I don't have any idea what they cost to keep and I don't want to be in the poor house lol.

  2. I actually have some math for meat turkeys I did. This isn't for breeders but for getting meat birds in 4 months.

    I figured out that it takes about 4 lbs of feed to get 1 lb of live bird. I don't know if that's right or not but it's a safe guess. Your bird will dress out at 80-87% according to some websites I found.

    So if you want/will get a 15 lb bird it will dress out about 12lbs of meat (including gibs I think).

    4 x lbs of live bird = lbs feed needed. (15lb bird will run you 60lbs of feed if this is right - if it takes 16 weeks maybe 18, not if it takes you 5-6 months to get to that weight, it could be more like 6:1 or 10:1 in some of the slower/heritage breeds, you should be ok I think around 5:1 or 6:1 with palms.)

    that number x price of feed (per lb) x .8(dress weight) is how much it will cost per lb of meat you get.

    Good luck!!!
  3. longranger

    longranger Songster

    Apr 23, 2009
    laguna hills CA
    For 4 adult Rp figure about two 50 pound bags of good quality feed per month, maybe a little less if they can free range.
  4. bee_wrangler

    bee_wrangler Songster

    Sep 13, 2009
    Thanks for the replies! I am going to get 7 now that I know they wont be eating me out of house and home [​IMG]
  5. HappyHatch'en

    HappyHatch'en Songster

    Jan 31, 2009
    I don't figure feed as a cost, it's a necessity to maintain my yard art...we aren't supposed to eat a turkey...just enjoy their company.

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