Minimizing shipping stress in adult breeding stock

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by BigHornRanchPA, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. BigHornRanchPA

    BigHornRanchPA New Egg

    Feb 7, 2014
    hi peeps, long time reader (info stalker), but new member.

    QUESTION: After raising a few hundred heritage turks over the years( always from day old poults via mail), I finally found a Bourbon Red trio I purchased to breed. 2 year old gobbler and 2 hens. Drove 2 hours to get them. Very low stress to catch them. Hauled them in covered dog crates in my truck, just as I would haul my bird direct wind, etc.

    Male struts, gobbles non stop, hens go under my artificial brush pile to loaf, lay their daily egg. I kept the feed they were on where I bought them, but have been giving them treats like apples, whole corn, mixed scratch grains, mushrooms, etc. They have unfrozen water and have a large stall in my lambing barn until weather breaks a bit.

    Any suggestions on what else I can do to ensure their health, productivity and happiness after be transported? They don't seem to eat a lot of their regular feed but do pick at the treats. Will they take a while to settle in and want to leave the barn?

    Thank you for any info. Great site and great group!
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

    Sep 26, 2013
    madison Indiana
    [​IMG] welcome to BYC sounds like you have them well on their way to being spoiled. lol

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