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How much does a turkey eat?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by newham0614, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. newham0614

    newham0614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking about getting a hen but would like to know compared to a chicken how much they eat? Possibly a tom as well. They would be living with a flock of chickens.I was thinking about a royal palm hen and bourbon tom. Would they have pretty babies?
    Any info would be great. Thanks
     
  2. arabianequine

    arabianequine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2010
    I have three turkeys one tom and two hens and I feed them morning and night. Have you seen those metal feeders for chickens and they have a top with holes.....well I have the top off and fill if morning and night and they about out by each next feeding. They are 1 1/2 now.
     
  3. newham0614

    newham0614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I think my turkey toms would eat as much as I put out..... lol..... piggies they are.
     
  5. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want them to lay eggs they need to be free feed. One red bourbon tom eats as much as 5 medium weight chickens I would guess. Royal palm hen a little less because she is a small breed. Crossing the two should produce a bronze type with a red tint to the feathers. You might have a few white feathers too. They should be smaller than a bourbon red.
     
  6. ziggywiggy

    ziggywiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My jakes are bottomless pits. I could feed them with a large funnel by just pouring feed down their throat.
     
  7. newham0614

    newham0614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the info. The bourbon red toms get really big. I'm thinking of getting a pair of palms or a midget white tom if i can find one.
     
  8. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My turkeys are about 22 weeks now. 13 birds go through a 50 pound bag every 5 days or so. So they average about 0.8 lb of feed per bird per day. The largest tom is about 25 lb and the smallest hen is about 8, so I'm sure they don't divide the food equally among themselves.
     
  9. jodyb

    jodyb Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 female white turkeys and they seem to be starving when I put the feed out. They free range all day and are in an outdoor aviary at night. I give them 3 lbs of feed twice daily. Is this enough?

    JodyB
     
  10. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    I'm with you ziggywiggy. My hens are like bottomless pits, too. [​IMG]
     

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