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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by mypaintjoe1, Feb 10, 2015.
I am looking for any suggestions on raising Turkey's...
Turkeys are really fun! (In my perspective at least) Before you purchase turkeys make sure you know, and not to mention the people on BYC know what you are going to do with your turkeys, whether it's for meat for thanksgiving, showing, or just having them for a hobby. Probably the best thing to start out with is where are you going to put them? Coop, fields, or backyard? I would look at how many you want and what kind you want, there are 8 standardized varieties of turkey and many more of them, look on Porter's rare heritage turkeys and you'll see. Most of the varieties of turkey are heritage (a more slow growing turkey) and for starts I would start out with only a few but enough to sustain. The best meat birds are the fast growing ones also known as the Broad Breasted's Bronze or White which grow at a rapid pace as a starter I did for and found that to be really expensive, how many you order depends on how much meat you want.
A young turkey is called a poult, a younger female is a jenny, a younger male is a jake, an older female is a hen, and a older male is a tom. You can tell the difference in many ways normally when they are mature enough is when you can tell, Toms strut and their tail feathers spread out while hens tails don't really do that, I have found the calls of the hens to be very different than the toms and in most cases hens don't gobble, toms often have beards and hens may occasionally have one, the color of the head on the tom can change color with it's mood and whether or not it feels sick, and you can tell in the broad breasted breeds when the tom has filled out in the breast areas (the important parts for meat) faster.
Good luck on getting turkeys and if you have more specific questions please feel free to ask.
Thanks for the reply..I'm thinking of getting 6 of them and eating one for thanksgiving and giving the rest away for gifts to friends.. I read where it takes about 7 months to get one big enought to eat.but I don't want just plane white ones.any suggestions? And also can they eat chicken feed?
Okay by the sounds of it you're going to the best with the Broad Breasted Bronze. They are just like the white, but I found them easier to clean and things like that. Broad Breasted's grow at a fast rate so you'll have them for awhile you're probably going to want to get rid of them anywhere from August or October at the latest so I would get them around the end of March I wouldn't delay after May.
Purina sells something called flock raiser and that's what I normally fed them, they can eat it but the things in the foods are going to be so different for a turkey that is fast growing compared to a hen that is laying, I would look for the food that are for other fowl first.
Ok tks.this is all new to me and I want to do it right.I think fresh Turkey for thanksgiving will be great.thanks for the help I'll keep picking your brain as things come up.again thanks for the help..