Thinking about meat turkeys how hard are they?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Cheapchicksfarm, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Cheapchicksfarm

    Cheapchicksfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking about buying some BB turkey poults they are 2-3 weeks old now but I have never raised the meat type and have no idea how long they take to grow out.
    Can you kill them at any age?
    At what age will they reach a 10lb cleaned weight?
    Will they be stupid like I have heard CX chickens are?
    I can only get 20% protein feed but will also free range them will that be okay? Last year I raised Narragansetts on it along with goat milk and free range they did fine
    My narr's where moved outside full time at about two months old they had a house but refused to sleep in it will the BB's be okay in the weather? My narrs love rain and do fine
    I think that is all the questions for now
     
  2. mmktdox

    mmktdox Chillin' With My Peeps

    I raised two last year, it was my first time with turkeys. I had them from day olds and they did fine. They were both hens, they reached 19 lbs dressed at 20 weeks on 20% protein and some free range. They're not nearly as "dumb" as the CX, but then my CX's were free ranged some of the time too so they weren't just layabouts. I'm not doing turkeys this year only because I don't have a separate shelter for them and I can't put them in with my layers, they just didn't get along very well last year :) If you have a separate shelter for them, they're not that hard to raise. If I can do it, anyone can!!!
     

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