Need help/info!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by aliena614, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. aliena614

    aliena614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 4 yr old son wants to buy a 2 turkey like his peepaw and raise it for gobbleday dinner as he says! I have already planned a run for them with our old shed as a coop! ect.ect.

    But I would like for him to be able to expand responsibility wise with 4H or somethimg of that sort but dont know where to start!

    Does 4H even do turkey? Im in Columbus, Ohio can anyone help?

    Also, are there any turkey people close to me? Something tells me the easter bunny is bringing Gobblers this year! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In Texas 4-H doesn't begin until grade school (2nd grade when my kids were younger)- there is a program at the county fair where the younger kids can show animals - kinda like a kiddie fair. I've seen rabbits, chickens, goats, pigs, lambs and even ducks - but never turkeys - first time for everything though!

    I hope you find some outlet for him to show - I believe children are never too young to learn responsibility. Sounds like you are setting a great foundation!

    Brenda
     
  3. aliena614

    aliena614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Brenda! I've Googled and cant find squat! Im not giving up though! I always tell him if he wants to challange himself im there for the ride! What the heck did I get myself into! [​IMG]
     
  4. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well....sounds like motherhood to me [​IMG]
     
  5. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sister lives in Texas and her and her kids have been involved with 4-H for a long time since her kids were very young. Three out of her 4 kids are teenagers now and all are still involved, except for the oldest that is away at college. I know she has done turkeys and chickens before. I will ask her next time I talk to her. Call the local 4-H in your area to get involved. It sounds like a lot of fun.

    What kind of gobbler do you want to raise for turkey day?
     
  6. aliena614

    aliena614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yup! I wish my DH understood that! He is a big ole SCROOGE! lol
    my rebuttle is "you dont complain about the yummy omlets" lol
     
  7. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Quote:I'm a slow typer. I bet my sisters kids were 2nd grade also. Don't know....I'll have to ask.
     
  8. aliena614

    aliena614 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont know what kind I want to get yet! I know that different kinds are better to eat than others. Some have health problems if they are kept around too long (alive that is)lol
    Whats your advise?
     
  9. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I'll have to bow out here .....

    I know nothing about gobblers [​IMG]
     
  10. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Quote:The broad breasted type are the ones that are breed to grow quickly and are usually butchered at 16 weeks. Since they grow to quickly they can have leg deformaties. The heritage type last a bit longer.

    I honestly don't know which taste better. I'll ask my sister, b/c she raises them every year for market. I think she raised about 50 this year. She got a bad batch that couldn't walk, only hop around...so she had to put those down. I'll ask her for you.

    We have a turkey, but it's a pet and not raised for meat.
     

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