Is turkey poult behavior normal?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ninjapoodles, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    We've had 15 Narragansett turkey poults for three days now. They're really different from baby chicks, so we're not sure what to expect. They're active and curious and alert...the only thing that concerns me is that they don't seem to eat much! Is that normal for turkeys, compared to chicks? They're definitely eating less than our new chicks did.
  2. pdpatch

    pdpatch Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Hastings, Nebraska
    Ours did seem to eat much at first. We had them on pieces of cut up blankets, and Had to scatter there food around to they could find it. After a couple of days they finally figured out there was food in the feeders. By the second week they were eating as much as the Chicken chicks.
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Often turkeys and peachicks need to learn how to eat. If you have a baby chick, put it in with the turkeys to show them what is food. Also you can tint the food with food color, red, green etc.. to make it more attractive to them. It always helps with my peachicks & poults, though I think chicks are more piggy w/food then turkeys and peas.
  4. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Thanks for the input. We have feed scattered on newspaper and in feeders. We thought maybe the crumbles were too large, too, so we are smashing them up with a mallet before feeding now.
  5. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    You can wet the food down a little. I have Narrganasett poults also. They really loved the wet mash.
  6. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Southern Illinois
    In a couple of months you will be complaining about them eating so much not too little. [​IMG]
  7. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Quote:Thanks--I needed to hear that! Today they all have brand-new "big" feathers poking sideways out of their wings, and they're hopping around to beat the band. I REALLY love the personalities on the little dopes. [​IMG]

  8. farm_mom

    farm_mom Songster

    Mar 11, 2008
    I had the same concerns. I put marbles in their food and water to attract them, and a fellow BYCer gave me the great advice of raising the food and water as they grow to keep it at eye level. My poults are 10 weeks old now and gone are the days where I worry about their lack of interest in food and water!! [​IMG] Good luck with your poults!

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