Hi All I have two 7wk olds - a BBW and a slate, intended for thanksgiving. Didn't realize they'd need more time then the 15-16 weeks we have to fill them out (and obviously neither did the guy i bought them from;-) My questions are: 1. Can i slaughter early and just have smaller birds? I live in a rather residential area and keeping turkeys long term wasn't part of my plan Wasn't sure if the meat quality would be different on very young birds. 2. I can't find game bid starter ANYWHERE. Have tried to add various protein supplements (cooked chicken, scrambled egg, shelled sunflower, mealworms) and they won't TOUCH any of it. Scary new food!! They are on chick starter right now (again, compliments of the guy i got em from). Any suggestions for getting more protein into them or, what are the consequences of just keeping them on chick starter? 3. They are seriously out-growing their garage cage. (dog crate size). They are skittish as can be, so I'm afraid to let them run around my yard like my hens (we have about 1/3 acre back yard). Thinking of building a tractor out of pvc, or portioning off part of chicken run (they go there during the day sometimes while chickens are locked inside). How much "shelter" so they need? Would a tarp over one end of a tractor be enough? Would like to put them to work in my weedy, over-grown garden. I'm scared to put them in with the 8 chickens (7 hens/1 roo) - they seriously beat up one of the new pullets this spring. Much as I love em, they MAY NOT eat my turkeys before i get to!! thanks for the wisdom!