I have been planning my chick orders that I will make towards the end of this month, and I have been trying to keep it low. I figure I can order a few of each type and then hatch some eggs later if I wish, as opposed to having 50 chicks show up...but my husband wants me to order meat birds, and turkeys and ducks in larger quantities, which is making me a little nervous. I mean how long will I have to take care of a large number of birds before we can start eating them? I want 3 turkeys to keep, and breed, and enjoy...but he wants me to order 15...that's a lot of turkeys. I mean we have a good bit of space here, but jeez...Anyway I think he'll just have to wait for us to eat things as we need to. I don't want to take care of a huge number of animals just to eat them, unless it is quick like with the meat birds...I don't mind the processing and what not, and I can manage anything for only 8 weeks....but how long before you can eat ducks? I want 5 to keep...he wants me to order again, 15. His way is cheaper, both for cost to buy and method...I am only ordering 7 turkeys either way, unless he steps up his game with a I'll let out some of the birds when I leave for work or something...and the more we order, the more he has to build...But he seems to enjoy those challenges. We have fun with the building... Anyway how long before you process: Turkeys? Ducks? How much space do both of these need? I will want each to have their own space. So what sort of spot am I looking for? Everything will be free ranged over 4 acres. We've got to get this going so I can make my orders.