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Question about Heritage Turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by BantamFan4Life, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Quick question about heritage turkeys: if I raise them, can I keep them for multiple years to show and as pets, or will they get too obese and die (b/c they weren't butchered)?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    They never really get obese, they still remain a bit thin in comparison to broad breasted varieties, I believe their life expectancy is about the same as chickens, they say they can live 12 years but most die from something between 4-8 years old, and a couple live longer.
     
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  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Oh, okay. Good to know. Thank you!
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Glad to help anyone wanting to join the turkey club, especially for pets, they are such goofs.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

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    Yeah. We raised BB Bronze a couple years ago.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    So you're familiar with the personality, not the longevity. I hatch a couple out every couple of years to keep up my flock numbers. Though this last year I ordered hatching eggs from porters so I could get some fresh purebred without having to order 15 then thin them out.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

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    Nice! What variety of turkey do you recommend?
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    They all seem fairly equal in personality, though bourbon reds can be a bit more curious, this year's batch, they all are curious and follow me everywhere, I pen them up for some peace and quiet. I would just pick whatever colors interest you.

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  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    I really like Bourbon Reds and Royal Palm.
     
  10. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Both are pretty and easy to find, most hatcheries have them.
     

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