Turkey 4-H project.. (Need major help)

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  1. naresa

    naresa Out Of The Brooder

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    My son is 10 and decided he wants to do turkey's for his project. I have been researching everywhere. My questions are does anyone know of websites we can use for research or books to purchase. Also which breed is best. And also what class should he enter in. He don't believe in slaughtering animals. Thanks in advance
     
  2. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty Premium Member

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    Hi and [​IMG] Never done 4-H but I can give you some tips about turkeys in general.
    I keep turkeys as pets and in my experience any heritage variety is good, they grow kinda slow but that helps them to get a strong bone structure and they can live 5-7 years (sometimes more or less). The Broad Breasted Bronze and Broad Breasted White turkeys would not be the best for this because they are bred for rapid growth and meat production and their lifespans are usually only a year, sometimes two but they suffer from heart problems due to their gigantic size.
    There are different breeds of heritage turkeys, my favorites based on color are the Bourbon Red and Royal Palm, but in personality they are all pretty similar. Be careful because some toms (males) can be aggressive, especially if there are no females around.
    For feeding young turkeys (known as "poults") they need high protein turkey starter, about 28% protein for the first 12 weeks. Here is a good site that has a good page on starting young turkeys http://www.porterturkeys.com/poultstartingtips.htm it also has lots of pictures of different breeds. Adult turkeys can be fed an all-flock, turkey or game-bird maintenance diet.
    Storey's Guide To Raising Turkeys is a good book.

    Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any questions [​IMG]
     
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  3. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty Premium Member

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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    Check out Porters turkeys, lots of nice varieties, and a nice website, I got all mine from him.
     
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I've heard Porters has a good reputation.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Try getting the book, "Storey's Guide To Raising Poultry." It has a section all about raising turkeys. I would recommend getting a smaller heritage breed, such as Royal Palm or Beltsville Small White.
     
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  7. Free Spirit

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    "Storey's Guide to Raising Turkeys" because it is specific for turkeys. It gives a good amount of information on the various Heritage Breeds ( I agree with Lozuufy - no Broad Breasted Bronze nor Broad Breasted Whites). It contains information on Housing, feed, predator protection, breeding (only heritage turkeys can breed safely the Broad Breasted "commercial breeds" have to be artificially inseminated the book explains why), health, etc.

    I picked up my copy from Tractor Supply but you can order it on-line.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    There's a Storey's Guide to Raising Turkeys"? I didn't know that.
     
  9. Free Spirit

    Free Spirit The Chiarian

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    Yep. Written by Don Schrider
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    I'll have to take a look at it.
     

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