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turkey newby molting questions

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by zzGypsy, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. zzGypsy

    zzGypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi there,
    so my tom is molting... I bought him about a month ago, and he's reportedly about a year old. He's dropping a quill-pen worthy wing feather about once a day and I can see some pin feathers coming in on his chest when he struts.
    So here's my new-to-turkeys question: how long does molting take, and do I need to be doing anything special nutritionally?

    I've got chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, gineas. they're getting scratch and game bird crumbles, access to oystershell, free range pasture, water.

    thank you!
     
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    So long as he's on a good 20% protein or better ration that's all you need to do. Turkeys molt more often than chickens do in a slower process. Twice a year or so.
     
  3. zzGypsy

    zzGypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you, that's what I needed to know!
     

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