turkey people, help

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Chick_in_Indiana, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. Chick_in_Indiana

    Chick_in_Indiana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to rural king and came home w/ 3 chicks and a turkey.[​IMG] I've raised chickens, ducks, and guineas. Anything I need to know about turkies. Does anyone know of any good websites? Can you sex them this young? Thanks for any help, Krista
    What do you call a baby turkey?[​IMG]
     
  2. S n M Poultry

    S n M Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you call a baby turkey a poult. and you usually cant sex them this young.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    As far as I know about turkeys are the babys are called poults and you need to keep them on high protein game bird rations because of leg problems. Not sure if that only applies to meat breeds though. Also hear you shouldn't keep chickens and turkeys together due to black head, but many people do and have no problems. Congrats on the babies!
     
  4. Chick_in_Indiana

    Chick_in_Indiana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what is blackhead? how do you sex them? let me guess, venting. poor things.
     
  5. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    I raise my turkeys the same as my chickens. Sometimes I buy all game bird feed for my chicks and sometimes they all get chick starter. Just depends on what I can get at the moment.

    I've never had a problem with blackhead before, but a friend of mine did. She lost all her turkeys in a matter of weeks. I never really believed it could be a problem, but apparently it was for her.

    Other than that, there's not too much more care they need. You do have to keep an eye on them though. I swear they TRY to kill themselves. They aren't stupid in any sense, but they do get themselves into very strange predicaments.

    Good luck with the new turkey!
     
  6. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never thought of that before but they do get themselves into weird problems. I had one turkey who was brooding with quail for a day or so decided he was going to "flush" with the quail babies (he was a couple days the quail were three weeks) well the poor thing tried hit the top of the brooder and broke its neck. Our very first turkey death. we moved the quail that very day ha ha ha. Crystal
     

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