Feeding turkeys for butcher.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by purecountrychicken, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 Narragansetts and going to butcher for thanksgiving. I figured they are eatting about 9 lbs (2.25 lbs per bird) per day. Is that about what they should be eatting? Also, They always have food,,free choice. Should they get free choice or once a day feed them?

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  2. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always feed standard breed turkeys free choice all of there life. Even my breeders.
     
  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    What protien level is your feed? For the most weight gain you want a high protien feed.

    Steve
     
  4. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    we free range our heritage birds, feed bagged food only at nite (which they dont eat a lot of) ... and finish on corn. i'd give your birds free choice but 9 lbs sounds like a lot!

    (hey Turkey Steve!)
     
  5. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    (hey Turkey Steve!)

    Will ya get a look at what just walked out of OHIO, Hi OFG long time no type. [​IMG]

    Steve​
     
  6. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    hey baby!

    i'm over at SS most of the time.. here's my journal:
    http://www.sufficientself.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=3739

    today i'm talking about cutting the cheese (pg 290)

    we were just talking about you the other day - we were all hailing your duck sausage and talkin about what an old so-and-so you were
    ;-)
     
  7. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im feeding game bird grower,,20% protein.
     
  8. Lesalynn

    Lesalynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I don't know much about turkeys (cept how to hunt them in the spring, [​IMG] ) I DO however, raise quail for processing. I feed them game bird starter------28% their entire life. It's only 6 or 7 weeks, but that's a different story, lol. Anyway, I have since started giving my culled chicken cockerels the same feed and it puts great weight on them. Like I said, I don't know anything about raising turkeys.....but it just may work. Worth a try, anyway. Good luck with them, tho. Keep us posted on how things turn out. I just may get me some for next year.

    Lesa
     

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