Recommended Live weight of Turkey

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Habibs Hens, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    what would you guys say is an ideal live weight of a turkey before processing


    also does anyone know or have a week by week weight guide list

    this is to monitor what weight the turkey should be each week so to know the turkey is growing propperly and not under or over fed

    thanks
     
  2. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would depend, on the breed, you are raising! [​IMG]
     
  3. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    unaltered bronze turkey

    i think its a tom

    it has gold feather tips
     
  4. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    also to advise he is 13.2kg (29lb) just weighed him

    unsure of his age but he is a this year hatch so i am guessing he is a good few months old maybe 6 months or so
     
  5. Lexiluke

    Lexiluke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meyers hatchery has a nice growth chart. Just click on the bronze broad breasted link.
     
  6. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    Live
    Weight
    Cumulative
    Feed
    in
    pounds
    in
    pounds
    Age in Weeks
    Toms
    Hens
    Toms
    Hens
    2
    0.64
    0.60
    0.75
    0.70
    4
    1.80
    1.67
    2.56
    2.29
    6
    3.80
    3.35
    5.80
    5.26
    8
    6.50
    5.55
    11.43
    10.05
    10
    9.76
    8.05
    19.30
    16.54
    12
    13.48
    10.77
    29.66
    24.74
    14
    17.59
    13.39
    42.77
    34.00
    16
    21.84
    15.86
    58.15
    43.77
    18
    26.07
    18.07
    75.43
    54.93
    20
    30.25
    20.20
    93.87
    67.80
    22
    34.24
    X
    115.19
    X
    24
    37.97
    X
    137.61

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    WOW thanks thats great


    looking at this chart mine is hitting the end of the chart but defo under weight according to age


    also teh chart almost confirms i have a TOM
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
  7. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It cannot be a BB bird to be only 29# at months old. He is a standard Heritage turkey or a mixed breed turkey. The chart you show here is for HYBRID BB Turkeys and irrelevant to heritage breeds.

    If you have a BOURBON RED, BLUE SLATE, NARRAGANSETT, OR BLACK SPANISH OR A CROSS WITH ANY OF THESE, YOUR TURKEY IS CLOSE TO IT'S MATURE weight of 33# . for a tom. Standard Bronze will be close to 40 pounds at maturity. Eastern wild and other non-white turkeys will be closer to 20 pounds. Any of the breeds mentioned here that has been crossed with a Standard bronze or Holland, will be heavier than 33 pounds at maturity. Any crossed with a midget white, beltsvelle white or Royal Palms will be smaller than 33 #. Keep in mind that this is the average expected weight, but other factors, such as genetics of their line, nutrition, health, handling of young poults, experience and knowledge of breeder, all play a part in what it's mature weight will be. Also Turkeys are individuals and vary in attributes. A Heritage cockerel turkey tom, does not become an adult for breeding purpose until he is a year old and is usually 9 to 10 months before his flesh fills out to the best harvest-able size.
    BB turkeys will reach a 40 to 50# harvest size at 4 to 5 months. After that, they can easily become lame or die suddenly of a heart attack due to the obese nature of the bird.
    I hope this helped? [​IMG]
     
  8. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

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    that has helped alot thanks

    one thing to bear in mind is yes my turkey is not a BB Bronze its an unaltered Bronze and im in UK so there is a big difference in LInes

    Also my turkey is from a reputable breeder no crossing involved

    and its being fed 19% protein Turkey Grower/Finisher

    the age im guessing as 6 months or so as im not sure of age, my age theory only goes by turkeys being seasonal and if that is so then its hatch would be in the april may region and the breeder started selling this years hatches in June/July
     
  9. annageckos

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    What is an unaltered bronze? I have never heard that term used with birds before.
     
  10. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are in the UK, You may have a breed not available in the US, but you sound loke you have a very nice heritage turkey ! Hoppy Thanksgiving ! [​IMG]
     

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