Hi everyone. I love this site. I've found a lot of valuable info on here from experienced folks. I want to share something with you all. When it comes to bbb, please don't purchase these birds as pets. Or accept them for free as I did. Turkeys are wonderful and very social. I don't regret having had one. But if you're not planning to process this bird for food, be prepared to let it go early. These birds are genetically engineered to grow huge very quickly and their skeletal structure and organs cannot support the huge amount of meat they pack on. These birds are designed (yes, designed. Makes me so angry) to live only four months - 5 max - and keeping them longer is just mean. I just had my beautiful bbb euthanized last week. He wasn't showing signs of acute issues or great discomfort, but at times wouldn't go up the ladder to the coop. In the cold weather, he would shake upon rising. He had great difficulty going down the coop ladder and every other day or so he would end up sliding down on his keel. I didn't want to prolong this. Anyway please be mindful when acquiring your backyard poultry. Thanks for reading.