How long...?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by enggass, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    Mid-Coast Maine
    Does it take to grow out a turkey? When is the ideal time to get some to grow out for the Holidays. I'm trying to plan for next year. I have chickens now, but want to do turkeys next year. Also, any recommendations on where to get quality Turkey Hatching Eggs? I prefer to hatch my own...
  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Heritage birds take 8-9 months and broad breasted types take 4-6. Look for eggs locally as turkey eggs don't always ship very well.
  3. cattleman999

    cattleman999 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 27, 2010
    Is it possible to raise 4 or 5 turkeys with my egg layers. I am wanting to raise a few for the holidays as well and wanted to know if I can add them to the regular flock once they are a couple of months old.
  4. Renee'

    Renee' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    My personal experience is a heritage bird needs at least 9 months and it still won't be impressive. They really need nearly a year.

    Yes, you can raise turkeys with chickens. Call your local ag department to inquire about the volume of black head cases, if it's low you shouldn't have any problems. If there is a high prevalence of black head, you should consider raising them separately.
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Quote:You could raise them with your egg layers if balckhead is not an issue but they have totally different feed requirements! Your layer hens will be on a 16-17% feed and poults need 28-30% for the first 12 weeks and then a 20% from then on to thrive.

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