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Has anyone used a BBW hen for breeding. . .

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Arielle, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    to a heritage tom, of course.

    Original hen for the BR tom died. ANd I put a 10 week BBW hen in for company. Got me thinking again of BBW x BR. Can he do the job? Will the poults grow faster than heritage with heavier breast? What are your thoughts on this terminal cross? ANyone try this?
     
  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is done all the time. The trick is to feed the BBW a restricted diet and get her plenty of room to roam so she doesn't get too big and fall over dead or break a leg.
     
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  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Colby--is the restricted diet for only during the grow out time? It's not her whole life right?
     
  4. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never tried to raise a BB turkey for breeding. They are bred to grow. Not giving it free choice of a high protien diet 24/7 would be good. Genetics of the bird will also be a big factor. Just watch the hen as she grows and if she is getting too big, cut her feed back.
     

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