Turken advice

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hillbillygal, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. hillbillygal

    hillbillygal New Egg

    Oct 6, 2010
    midwest missouri
    Hello all! I just got my first chicks:D They are all turkens and was wondering if anyone would have any advice on caring for them? They are a few days old and I have them in a box with a heat lamp round 85/90 degrees. They are eating and drinking good and peeping contentedly. Didn't know if there is any special foods or anything they might need. Thank you ahead of time. I think they are fabulous and my son says he loves their furry hats:D Is it okay to give them finely chopped fresh herbs and powdered milk? I'm especially unsure of the powdered milk thing and if so how much? Basically, as I ramble on, any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks again.
  2. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

    Aug 2, 2009
    Ocala Fl

    chopped fresh herbs, that wont hurt them, so i think that would be fine, I've never heard about milk [​IMG] that is a first one for me.
    I have my baby Turkens on medicated feed, I'll keep them with that for the first 6 months along with what ever scraps I'll give them too, plus the free range.
    Turkens are my 2nd favorite breed [​IMG]
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. I don't think they need powered milk. [​IMG] Don't forget to raise the heat lamp weekly. You don't want them to get too hot. [​IMG]
  4. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    They are pretty hardy birds. I too give mine medicated chick starter til about 18 weeks. If you feed them anything but chick starter make sure you give them fine grit. As far as herbs I dont know. They dont need milk. Please post pics. and most of all [​IMG] I love my Turkens!
  5. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Millersburg, PA
    Welcome! I had 4 turken babies that are now 18 weeks old now and I just love them! I thought they were the friendliest chicks! They are also pretty darn brave. These 4 little girls are the first ones to check things out. They also chase the cats around. LOL
    You will love them. I didn't give mine anything but chicke starter until about 8 weeks and then I started giving them a little yogurt, lettuce (chopped up really small) and cottage cheese.
    But you will love your turkens. I think they are great! [​IMG]
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. I wouldnt give them anything but chick starter crumbles (medicated) for now. In about 3 or 4 days add a little bit of parakeet grit in their feed.
  7. hillbillygal

    hillbillygal New Egg

    Oct 6, 2010
    midwest missouri
    I'm gonna try to get a pic up of my favorite chick. It's name is Red. Thank you all for your responses. I'm having a great time with these little guys:celebrate

    i'm not getting it i suppose(the pic thing) either way he's the one in my avatar pic there:) have a good day all.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2010
  8. banjoejoe4783

    banjoejoe4783 VILLAMIL FARMS

    Oct 6, 2010
    westville ok
    welcome nacked necks can be fed like any other chick i would recomend med starter for fisrt 6weeks then grower anther that till 6month then swich to a laying ration what color of naked neck do you have?[​IMG]
  9. hillbillygal

    hillbillygal New Egg

    Oct 6, 2010
    midwest missouri
    In response to banjojoe, my chicks look to be 3 black and 3 red. One of the red ones is half the size of the others and keeps scratching a sore onto the back of his neck. He really looks like he's scratching because of dry skin. The others aren't doing it just Little Red. Any recommendations. Someone told me to put a dab of vaseline on the sore? Thanks and have a great day.[​IMG]

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