Getting some Bourbon turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Themagicone, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. Themagicone

    Themagicone In the Brooder

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    Hi .

    I'm going to try raising some bourbon turkeys with my ducks and chickens. I have a 1k sqft netted pasture area then once then get bigger I have 3ac of land they can roam. My question is that I am getting 10 poults. Goal is in the fall to harvest 7 and leave 1 tom/2 hens to breed for next year. Since they aren't sexed, do I need to cull them sooner if I have more Tom's vs hens? Say I end up 6/4, is that going to be alright for the first year?
     
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    You need to eliminate the excess toms before breeding season which will start next spring. There may be some pecking order fights before then but those fights should not result in any serious injuries.
     
  3. Themagicone

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    I can harvest the Tom's just like hens correct? Or are they not as good eating?
     
  4. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    I personally like toms better for eating than hens. They have more meat too and will be ready to process at an earlier age..
     
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  5. Themagicone

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    Thanks! That'll be my plan then to keep 1 Tom and 2 hens for breading and harvest the other 7 by fall.
     
  6. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

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    I would keep 3 females. Just in case one dies, something happens ..and the Tom has plenty of hens.
     
  7. Fairview01

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    I dont think you can ever have too many females however going through winter with just one male is risky. If he dies over winter your breeding season is over before it starts. As insurance I would keep a backup in a small pen off to the side until I hatched the first clutch.
     
  8. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

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    That’s how is started, actually.. ended up losing a male.
     

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