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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by patti17340, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. patti17340

    patti17340 In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2013
    Littlestown, Pa
    Can someone recommend a good read on raising Turkeys. My husband wants to get 4 in the Spring to raise and slaughter for the Hoildays. Is there a Breed I should be on the look out for. and what kind of house are they going to need. We just re did the shed and gave it to my 15 chickens this summer. They are staying not becoming dinner. We know nothing about turkeys and I feel we need to read up on raising them before getting them. Thanks

  2. shaninsky

    shaninsky In the Brooder

    Sep 17, 2014
    Turkeys are lots of fun. There are basically 2 types. The standard type is the old fashioned kind of turkey and takes longer to reach maturity and the broad breasted type grows much quicker. There is a disease called blackhead that chickens carry that can be fatal to turkeys so a lot of people house them away from their chickens. I'm not sure about broad-breasted turkeys but my standards love to run and play so plenty of room to run is essential. Standards also fly really well so you can let them loose, cover their run or clip their flight feathers. If you aren't keeping breeding stock, a shelter from the weather that is predator proof is all you need. Hope this helps. We started with turkeys this year and I love them. I never realized how nice they are.
  3. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    This is a pretty concise reference (all online - can be downloaded by chapter). Though focus is on heritage varieties - pretty much same drill for Commercial varieties (down to the size of grit). The commercial Broad Breasted grow rapidly. If you are fortunate enough to purchase from a `better' line, the propensity for bad legs & blown aortas will be minimized.

    http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/resources/internal /turkey-manual
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  4. Redbourbon

    Redbourbon In the Brooder

    Sep 11, 2014
    central Maine
    We raise bbwhites and bourbon reds. ,love them all very much ,Storeys guide to raising turkeys is a great book to start ,lots of easy to follow info and has been a great help to us,good luck!!
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  5. shaninsky

    shaninsky In the Brooder

    Sep 17, 2014
    The "Storey's" books are all good. Down to earth simple advice.

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