Question about Turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ShashwatAcres, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. ShashwatAcres

    ShashwatAcres Out Of The Brooder

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    OK so I am wanting to get atleast 4 turkeys for next years holiday meals lol sorry but thats what I want to do but I do have a couple of questions if you dont mind. what breed would be best for this ? and what type of feed would be best beside free ranging
    thank you for your advice
     
  2. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:BEFORE YOU GO SPEND ANY MONEY, READ THE STICKIES THAT ARE PROVIDED. Sorry about caps. The stickies are a wealth of info about turkeys and you can read thru them in a few hours and get more info than asking questions for the next six months. I would recommend any heritage bird to you just make sure you get them by april to allow tehm plenty of time to get teh weight on them. You can do the production broad breasted birds but they are not as much fun, pretty, or long lived. They will taste better than store bought but you really will have no choice but to butcher them by 6 to 9 months where as any heritage bird can live happily 10 yrs or more if you decide you don't want to butcher youre new turkey freinds. Remember, read the stickies and welcome.aboard [​IMG]
     
  3. ShashwatAcres

    ShashwatAcres Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh I have read the stickys but I always figure what a better way to find out more than to ask questions. sorry
     
  4. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm APA ETL#195

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    The American Poultry Association currently recognizes the following varieties of Turkeys. All are considered Heritage varieties.

    Black

    Bourbon Red

    Slate

    Narragansett

    White Holland

    Bronze

    Beltsville White

    Royal Palm


    The Royal Palm was developed as a show bird, however its is tasty, just less breast meat. Read everything on heritage turkeys at

    http://exhibitionturkeyfanciers.bravehost.com/Heritage.html

    http://www.albc-usa.org/EducationalResources/downloads.html

    http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/wtchlist.html#turkeys

    You can order from hatcheries listed at https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=437644

    The best breed is the one you like best. Any will do. I would suggest picking a variety that if you can not kill them, you will be happy with the next 5 to 10+ years. Best feed is whatever your local feed store/mill has available for turkeys. Any more questions, just ask. The only stupid question is the one you fail to ask!
     
  5. ShashwatAcres

    ShashwatAcres Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your replies. I was actually considering White Broad Breasted Turkey if anyone has any helpful information it would be greatly appreciated.I have until March/April before any turkeys would be here. Already have a coop and run built for them of course they would free range durning the day when I was home. so like I said before any and all helpful information would be greatly appreciated.
    TIA
     
  6. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You want to get a heritage bird in March/April! BBW or BBB should be more like July. They are ready at 4-6 months and anything longer than that, they won't fit in a normal oven. You can get them in early spring and butcher and put in the freezer 3-4 months but I like mine fresh and never frozen.
     
  7. java girl 2

    java girl 2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:the only thing is with them is they will eat you out of house and home !! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] that is why I have the Heritage turkeys [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. ShashwatAcres

    ShashwatAcres Out Of The Brooder

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    LOL well my sister is the one who suggested that we get the ones I said but if someone has a suggestion I am open to all lol
     
  9. java girl 2

    java girl 2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the bb tom turkeys will eat 136 to 150 lbs of feed [​IMG] and the Heritage tom turkeys will eat 30 to 50 lbs. [​IMG] I love my bourbon red turkeys [​IMG] [​IMG] they eat very little feed and free range so well!!
     
  10. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The BBW bird, is IMO the only way to go for a family cooked meal.. Meat to bone ratio, unmatched...
     

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