Getting a couple turkeys next year.. Anyone want to split an order?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by StevenW., Dec 17, 2011.

  1. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    I absolutely don't want 15 poults though! I want maybe 7-8.
    I have horrid luck with hatching shipped eggs so thats out of the question. I would rather have poults shipped to me since turkeys are very rare around here anymore. You don't see hardly anyone entering them in the fair because everyone has chickens these days.

    So anyone around IL or MO that want to split a order?

    I really don't have any questions except that, Does anyone keep their turkeys in a moveable hoop coop so they get new ground to graze on every couple days? Any coop/pen pictures will help! [​IMG]

    Thanks! :eek:)
     
  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One thing to keep in mind, shipped poults don't always do that great! If you order 15, you still may only end up with 7-8! I would just order the 15, keep them a week to see how well they are doing and sell the extras on CL or just buy local.
     
  3. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Quote:That's a good idea! I never thought about that before..
    I just read somewhere that poults usually are slow to find food and water the first couple days and some could die.

    Hey Colby, Any pictures of your're set-up? I need all the ideas I can get! [​IMG]
     
  4. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm PA ETL#195

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    ColbyNTX setup would be different than what you will need. He is in southeast Texas. You should locate some folks up in your area. Check with the Exhibition Turkey Fancier's District Director for Illionois, Greg Hunt. Greg will be happy to help you with all sorts of information. His contact info is at http://exhibitionturkeyfanciers.bravehost.com/index.html Tell him I sent you.
     
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
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    Quote:That's a good idea! I never thought about that before..
    I just read somewhere that poults usually are slow to find food and water the first couple days and some could die.

    Hey Colby, Any pictures of your're set-up? I need all the ideas I can get! [​IMG]

    Most all of my turkeys free range in the fall and winter. I do have a group that free ranges all year and they kinda show the others the boundrys. In the breeding season, I keep my breeding trios in 10X10 dog pens with a chicken wire roof. I put in a medium doghouse with hay for nesting and a roost. I also have a low pressure water system with chicken nipples they drink from.
     
  6. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    Quote:Thank you! I just sent him a E-mail with a couple questions! I'm just gonna see if I can't buy some poults from him next year! [​IMG]
     

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