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Hi, I am new here and have a few questions about turkeys.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Myfarmlife, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. Myfarmlife

    Myfarmlife New Egg

    Mar 11, 2016
    We are new tot he turkey thing. I got 6 white turkeys from a feed store. On the sign it said Non breedable. Why would they not be breedable?
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC.

    Chances are the birds you bought are Broad Breasted Whites. They are an inudstrialized meat breed, and are bred for extremely fast and heavy growth. Females tend to mature around 35-40 pounds and males can reach 50 and sometimes 60. They are exclusively used as a meat bird. Some people will attempt to keep them as pets or breeders, but it is rare they will live longer than a year or two; and if they do, it's not usually a comfortable life. Most will succumb to organ failure; if not, their joints will give out and they usually need to be euthanized. Even if they live long enough to breed they cannot breed naturally and require artificial insemination to become fertile.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2016
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Queen Misha, tells it like it is. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  4. Myfarmlife

    Myfarmlife New Egg

    Mar 11, 2016
    Thank you so much! That make sense...
  5. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - nice to have you join us. QM has given your some great info, so I'll just say a big hello!

    All the best
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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