Happy 3rd Birthday Big Red!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by mandelyn, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

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    This guy is my favorite bird on the farm. His dad was terrible but was the best colored male I had, he got one season and then his son Big Red took over.

    Red has never looked at me crooked, he comes when he's called, he displays for me, he'll come within arms reach and circle around, then glide away towards his ladies. If he's bickering with the Narragansett tom through the fence, I can walk right up to him, pick him up and carry him off. He'll let me pet him when he's on the roost.

    He's a cool bird. Normally, boys get sold at 2 to make way for the next. I like Red so much that I'm adding another pen, retaining a son and some girls and then swapping so that Red gets the younger girls and his son gets the older hens, who are 2 and 3 years old. Right now they're all penned together and Red was cool with me adding the younger group. Till breeding season anyways, pretty sure he won't tolerate being penned with another male after about March.

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  2. memphis

    memphis Free Ranging

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    Beautiful! Happy Birthday to him!
     
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  3. FortCluck

    FortCluck Crowing

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    Gorgeous :love
     
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  4. Wee Farmer Sarah

    Wee Farmer Sarah Free Ranging

    Quite the man! Happy Birthday big boy!
     
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  5. chanceosunshine

    chanceosunshine Chirping

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    Happy birthday handsome!!

    Forgive my ignorance, but what is he (besides a tom turkey)?

    And do you sell your two year olds for breeding stock? Turkeys for meat are harvested before that age, right?
     
  6. Ted_Harrell

    Ted_Harrell Songster

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    Happy Birthday Big Red:ya
     
  7. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

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    Bourbon Red. We harvest our cull boys between 6-8months for whole. For crockpot/ground it's a retired breeder/swap-out over a year old. If there are girls to part with then the swapped older toms are offered with the girls. Extra girls are made available without toms, since most people are looking for replacement hens. With turkeys, you're FAR more likely to need a hen long before a tom.

    It takes them quite awhile to get to size compared to a double-breasted variety. The flavor is worth it though.
     
  8. chanceosunshine

    chanceosunshine Chirping

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    Thank you for the insight. We've talked about raising turkeys. Looks like we have a lot to learn!
    He's a beautiful bird!
     
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