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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 Hatching

    May 9, 2014
    Bridgeport, CA
    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 Chirping

    Nov 24, 2014
    New Port Richey, Florida
    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 Crowing

    Mar 16, 2014
    SE Michigan
    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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