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Need help, wife wants Turkeys!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by tnchicken, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. tnchicken

    tnchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    My wife wants to start a self sustaining flock and I would prefer something for meat only if we get any. Hence, she is wanting heritage and me probably a "one and done" broad breasted variety. Any help would be appreciated and I have a few specific questions.


    What breed do you prefer? and which hatchery do you prefer?
    How long to grow out to a
     
  2. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    I don't know anything about Turks. but what about the Bronze?
     
  3. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are the broad breasted birds capable of breeding naturally?
     
  4. natrgatr

    natrgatr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want a self-sustaining flock, you will need a heritage turkey. Broad-breasted can't breed normally.
     
  5. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Quote:This is right. The broad breasted birds are not self breeders so if you plan to have a self sustaining flock I highly suggest heritage bronze or royal palms. If you want something a bit more pleasing to the eye then go with Sweetgrass or narragansett turkeys [​IMG] All are quite nice and produce good meat birds.
     
  6. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    Plus, you can't get just one, it will be lonely and bond to you and then you won't be able to eat it. Get at least three.
     
  7. Countrywife

    Countrywife Corrupted by a Redneck

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    well, for heaven sake, if the wife wants turkeys, get her turkeys! [​IMG]
     
  8. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I also would say suggest you buy some poults from a local grower and not a hatchery. You will eliminat alot of stress on the birds and cut down on potential problems that way.
     
  9. TxCritter

    TxCritter Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it just the broad breasted breeds that cannot breed naturally?
     
  10. hunter1hall

    hunter1hall Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three breeds and have several mutts I just hatched. If you think chickens were addictive........watch out. Turkeys are in my opinion a lot more interesting than chickens. I have both, and love both, but the turkeys are just fabulous. As far as breeds, my favorite thus far is the narragansette. I have bronze and bourbon reds as well. Im wanting some sweetgrass and some tiger bronzes. Good luck.
     

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