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Is raising turkeys easy, like chickens, or high maintenance, like ducks?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by SqueakyRoseShalom, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. SqueakyRoseShalom

    SqueakyRoseShalom Songster

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    I'm thinking about getting some turkeys, but I would like to know if they are high maintenance? I bought some ducks last year on a whim, thinking that they would enjoy our large pond, and they have turned out to be the most high maintenance pet we've ever had. Especially when they were ducklings, I had to clean their area every single day, sometimes twice a day, because they poop so much and make such a mess with the water! Baby chicks are a breeze to raise up, in comparison, and taking care of my chickens is like breathing to me=). So how are turkeys?
     
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  2. weirdturkeyfreak

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    turkeys act more like chickens than they do like ducks. if u raise them from a poult (baby turkey) then they usually will stay near their owner u can train them if u're cautious. but if u get them when they are adults its hard to break them so u'll have to put then in an inclosed area with a top on it so they don't fly away. they are VERY curious & want to get in your business. they will try to out-think you & if you aren't smart they WILL. they are so funny. at night if the barn is open they will put themselves away (mine did).

    if u have any more questions feel free to PM me i've been working w them for 4 years & i know a lot (especially about character) hope i helped some.
    --turkeygirl
     

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