I have people who would like to buy some but I figure that I have about 60.00 each in them as I had to order the poults they offered to pay 50.00 for them but I just have enough for family ready to eat. I told them next year but really I don't want to raise them to butchering out I would rather sell the poults so I'll see how that goes next year. I figure that I'll be lucky to pay for their feed..not counting everything I had to build for them this is my first time trying to raise them I'm just having fun.
Since I don't raise Turkeys I will tell you what I am paying. $4 and change a pound from an organic turkey farm. Yes I was there a couple years ago. That is processed bagged and chilled. Hefty steep to me, but ...Now that I know what it costs to raise healthy poultry not so bad. I had a choice of 3 breeds, I know one was a midget white, The one I chose was a Heritage something or the other. Not the big commercial ones. Dh won't let me raise turkeys But (ha ha) I made a deal with the neighbor that next year I will pick them up and brood them then he gets them from there. I have the brooder set up. He is a fireman and is gone for 24 hr shifts and his wife would be afraid to touch them so babies aren't a good idea. We only want to have enough for the 2 households, not gonna sell or breed them. So I will be doing some reading this winter. Could a cochin hatch a couple turkey eggs and raise them?
Haven't tried my Cochin at hatching yet though they tell me that they go broody quite often. I can tell you that both the Cochin hen AND roo are fabulous parents to my turkey babies. If you get the standard/Giant sized Cochins they are plenty big enough to sit on up to 10 eggs I would imagine.