turkey help

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by buckeye chickens, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. buckeye chickens

    buckeye chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    May 27, 2008
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    I went to the feed store today and the owner gave me a turkey! It came from Mt. Healthy hatchery and was sold as a Mamouth Bronze turkey, Is this a meat breed? If so will I have any problems like the meat chickens do with there legs? I am feeding a 24% protein feed by Manna Pro, most other turkey starters are 26% to 28% protein, is 24% protein good?
    Its going to be a pet, so I want to feed for longevity. Also can turkeys and chickens get along? Any other things I need to know to keep a pet turkey healthy?
     
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    Quote:what you have is a broad breasted bronze meat turkey.

    with the fast growers, you may want to up the protein to 26-28% at least for a few weeks.

    there is no longevity for these birds. they are bred to grow fast and be a dinner. unfortunately, this may not make a good pet for a long time. turkeys and chickens can get along.

    other things...lots of water for meat birds of any kind. lots of fresh air, good feed and safe place to live.
     
  3. buckeye chickens

    buckeye chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    The feed store does not sell any turkey starter but the 24% protein, I will call around and see what I can do. If I can'nt get a turkey starter can it have a little dry cat food for more protein?
    Thanks for you help.
     
  4. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    Quote:stick with the 24% and boiled eggs for extra protein. cat food is too high in salt for poultry.

    enjoy your turkey. [​IMG]
     

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