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How many pounds of food does a Turkey raised for meat typically eat?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by CAChicks, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. CAChicks

    CAChicks New Egg

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    We are planning to raise some White or Bronze Breast meat Turkeys for the first time this year. I am wondering about how many pounds of feed they eat start to finish. I know Toms and Hens might be different but any rough estimate on what this endeavor might cost would be great. We are thinking of doing 4 or 5 to start this year. Any other tips are welcome too!
     
  2. ashlieneevel

    ashlieneevel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have answer for you but i sure am excited to find out what the answer is right along side you ;)
     
  3. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens

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    According to this article, http://www.localharvest.org/blog/9885/entry/broad_breasted_white_turkeys_are, and this article, http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs...rprising-facts-about-your-thanksgiving-turkey the feed conversion for Broad Breasted White is around 2:1 (2 lb feed for 1 lb body weight) to 2.5:1.

    As Broad Breasted Bronze have not been commercially selected for optimal growth for decades, I suspect that they are not quite as efficient, but they are still better performers in this area than heritage birds. I would estimate from my flock (chickens poach the turkey feed so it's not accurate) a FCR of 2.5:1 to 3:1 for BBB from hatchery stock.

    My own Broad Breasted Bronzes of previous years dressed out at 17-20 pounds for hens, 24-30 pounds for toms at 18 weeks. The biggest I raised was 42 pounds dressed, he was 28 weeks.
     

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