How much should a poult be handled?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by royturkcross, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. royturkcross

    royturkcross Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2011
    I am curious to know and I know a lot of other new turkey people probly would like to know.

    If you let your hen hatch out her poults when can & should you start handling the baby poults?
    Are they like other animals and if you touch the poult the mother will abandon it?
    Do you recommend handling the poults a lot or just when necessary?
    Also for older birds (hens, jakes, & toms) How much you handle them?
    My older birds have been handled but their still a pain to catch!! [​IMG]
  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Be sure you have somebody with a video camera when you try to take the poult so we can all enjoy it on youtube!
  3. GJ_Kate

    GJ_Kate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2011
    Grand Junction
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  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2011
  5. Soaring Chicks

    Soaring Chicks Soaring Hawks Farm

    Jan 3, 2010
    I think what they are saying is if you try to take a poult from the hen you might have to run for your life.
    Turkeys are very protective of the poults.
    Now if you hatch in a bator that is different.

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