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How much do turkeys eat??

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by StevenW., Dec 1, 2010.

  1. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    I've heard that turkeys eat quite a bit but was wondering which breed its the less???
     
  2. kangababy

    kangababy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They eat a ton.....
    We have maybe 20 in a pen and they eat at least a 5 gallon bucket of food a day.. they are growing still, BBW.

    Now my blue slates that are older don't seem to eat as much.
     
  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    A smaller variety will eat less than a large but even then they do eat alot.

    Steve
     
  4. vtgirls

    vtgirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have turkeys for the first time - 4 Narragansett - 3 hens and 1 tom, also 1 mixed tom. All are about 3 and a half months old. They are eating an average of 22 pounds per week right now. They are fed organic turkey pellets from green mountain feed. At about 22$ per bag they are KILLIN me! I have been supplementing them with other food they approve of (they are way more picky than the chickens!) They really like sunflower seeds, apple cores (or whole!) and pumpkins.
     
  5. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Once you get enough of them they eat this much. [​IMG] When this pic was taken it was two weeks worth, 2500 pounds

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    Steve
     
  6. vtgirls

    vtgirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Steve - Do you get a bulk discount? The feed I buy says use within two months - can it "go bad"? Also, do you have any opinion on organic vs. conventional?
     
  7. leoismydog

    leoismydog Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey When did turkeys start to east Rabbit Pellets??? [​IMG]
     
  8. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    For 20% layer it comes out to about $8.25 per 50 pounds. It would be less but we have 200 pounds of oyster shell mixed in. I don't know about "bagged" feed going bad but with the feed mill mix you can smell it getting a stronger smell in the summer so I guess it is breaking down. I haven't heard to many complaints from the eaters though.

    Organic or non is a whole different topic, like free range vs caged. You can go thru the loop holes and claim them. To me "organic" isn't worth the price charged for the lable.

    Steve
     
  9. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Only when the rabbits are full of chicken feed. [​IMG]

    Steve
     
  10. vtgirls

    vtgirls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the oyster shell just for gizzard crunch? I pulled out some receipts - here a 50lb bag of conventional is 11.50 and organic 20.49. Seems to me if they're out in a moving tractor where they are foraging and eating other foods grown here on our land that should make for some very healthy/tasty birds whether we go conventional or organic. The feed mill is right in town and make their own feeds right on site. Any other "snack" ideas?
     

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