New to raising turkey's, Bourbon Reds

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by NHchickenflock, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. NHchickenflock

    NHchickenflock Out Of The Brooder

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    What's are peoples opinions on Bourbon Reds to raise for meat?
    I am looking at picking up 2 6 week old poults.
    Anything special I should know?
    What is a general slaughter age?
     
  2. gingmf1980

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    I currently raise Bourbon Reds they are a heritage breed so they take longer to grow out which means more cost in feed. They are a lighter bird so they will fly! My garden suffered this year as they were flying our of their coop I had to invest in some netting to stop them from eating all my green peppers. Some say they have a better flavor then the commercial turkeys but I won't be butchering for a few more months. Ours seem happy with the scraps from the garden (now that they can't steal anything from it anymore). They seem to be a lot smarter then our commercial turkeys they have more of a personality then the commercial birds. We have incubated their eggs and they seem to be pretty hardy specially after our 5 year old kept messing with the temperature. Hope this helps some
     
  3. NHchickenflock

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    Would it be ok to keep them in a 5x8 coop?
    Is it ok to free range them or will they roost somewhere else?
    What age are you thinking you are going to slaughter them?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  4. gingmf1980

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    I usually don't go by age I go by weight but I do know the hens will only get to about 16 pounds and I believe the toms around 24 pounds so when they start looking yummy I go butcher lol. I don't free range I'm too nervous they will run off with the local wildlife so I usually keep them content with scraps from the garden worms from our compost bins etc. How many do you have in the 5x8 coop?
     
  5. NHchickenflock

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    There will just be 2 in there, it's a coop inside my barn I used for chickens until I built a new 10x18 for them.
     

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