Life expectancy for BB bronze or whites?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Kim65, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. Kim65

    Kim65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My lonely Narragensett poult got four new friends today, week or so old BB bronze and whites.

    I don't plan on raising them for meat, just yard art and coolness of turkeys. My sister and BIL raise the mutant broiler chickens and I know they have a very short "life" due to their body weight outdoing their hearts.

    Are the meat breed turkeys in a similar bind as a heritage breed? Should I adjust their feed as juvenile/early adults to prevent overgrowth?

    They are from Ideal. They were at the feedstore and I couldn't help myself. They are already nearly as big as the Narragansett poult, and he is just over two weeks old.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    If they lived around here, I imagine they probably wouldn't live past the 4th Thursday in November.[​IMG]
     
  3. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

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    Those are the cornish crosses of the turkey world. [​IMG]
     
  4. Kim65

    Kim65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ROTFL!! [​IMG] I tried to be a farmer but I just can't find it in myself to be a real one . . . the only thing that stuck is that I LOVE farm critters and miss my blue slate toms very much. They were such incredible goofballs.

    I've heard they can get pretty darn big, and can't mate.
     
  5. Kim65

    Kim65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That was what I was afraid of [​IMG] I'll put them on layer pellets when their feathers are all in and see how it goes.
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Good luck. My BB bronze boys were 50 lbs at 5 months and were still growing exponentially... literally, as measured weekly. By the time I butchered them they were stumbling to walk and spent 95% of their time sitting.
     
  7. Kim65

    Kim65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow [​IMG]

    Well if this is what I'm looking forward to . . . a 55 lb turkey who can barely walk, I'll grow them out and sell them for meat on craigslist or something. No need to prolong the inevitable. I'll stick to heritage breeds for my personal yard art flock.
     
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My BBB boys made it to about 6 months before the legs went and we had to put them down. My female BBB hen lived 3 years, but with a lot of exercise to help keep her weight down. She was still a big ole butterball tho. Her legs gave out and she ended up having to be put down as well.
     
  9. cashela

    cashela Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh this post just made me sad [​IMG] I have two white turkey's that I suppose are meat birds that I wanted as pets. What do I do to keep them from getting too fat? I am limiting their feed now as they are ravenous eaters.
     
  10. paulinaydern

    paulinaydern Out Of The Brooder

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    Cashela,
    I'm right there with you, waiting to read a response to your question. Our BBs are pets too, and I want them to stick around for a while.

    Ours are on gamebird, but their feathers aren't all the way in yet under their wings.

    P.
     

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