"fattening" up a turkey

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by bargain, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    Okay I have three turkeys that hubbies has marked for christmas dinner - one for him, one for his mom and one for a dear friend.!

    I'm not happy with the idea, but how do I safely put weight on a turkey? Thanks.

    PS I have smaller turkeys for sale ....some 3 weeks and some now 6 weeks old. Please let me know if you are interested.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    What kind of turkey are they? If they are not the broad breasted bronze or broad breasted white, they will have a body like a dual purpose chicken. Meaning they will have single breasts and you wont be able to "fatten" them really.
  3. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    When we did Thanksgiving turkeys we fed them a 18% grow and finish up to processing.

    Steve in NC
  4. pdpatch

    pdpatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Hastings, Nebraska
    We are trying a finisher feed this year,
    mix 1: 50% wild game bird starter/finisher 22 % protein, 20% rolled oats, 30 % cracked corn.
    mix 2: 50% wild game starter/finisher 22 % protein, 50% cracked corn, range fed.

    Mix 2 seems to be better so far with Blue Slate and Red Bourbon turkeys.


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