Thanksgiving turkey help

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by scooter147, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

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    Ok guys I bought a couple big breasted white turkeys. They are both hens. They were hatched in late May.
    I will pick them up this Saturday.
    It's been numerous years since I've raised my own birds for T-day and Xmas so give me your best suggestions on:

    1. feed and living conditions.
    2. When to butcher, how to store etc.

    I can raise in a coop with run situation, coop and free range, coop and run with some free range.
     
  2. Todd S

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    Aren't they ready to butcher at 16 weeks which is now?
     
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Songster

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    They definitely could be but I want them fresh. I don't want them sitting in the freezer for two months.
     
  4. Todd S

    Todd S In the Brooder

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    I was just curious. They may eat a tremendous amount of food in the next two months.

    I have not raised turkeys yet, it's something I'd like to learn more about. The guy I get them from for Thanksgiving just got his a few weeks ago.

    Anyone know how loud they are at slaughter age?
     
  5. scooter147

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    The reason I bought two hens was so that I didn't have to put up with the potential gobbling. My guess is it will just be a few prrrrs and clucks.
     
  6. Hummingbird Hollow

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    I've got 2 toms and 2 hens and the ALL gobble.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    My hen turkeys have always gobbled. they're some of the most vocal animals I've ever owned!
     
  8. Todd S

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    So it sounds like a turkey and backyard won't go together. Do they start to gobble before normal harvest age?
     
  9. Hummingbird Hollow

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    The sound of a turkey's gobble doesn't travel as far as a rooster's crow...or a dog's bark for that matter but it seems to me they gobble every time there is a strange or loud noise.
     
  10. waltandlori

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    I had 2 toms last year and while I was building a new coop, everytime I drove another screw they would gobble. The wife said they were my cheering section, told them not to cheer that much some of the screws missed, they didn't care. A loud clap, drop something, almost anything will make them gobble. I didn't find it annoying or loud.

    Walt
     

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